Beginner Blacksmithing

"Lighting the Fire"

with

Nicholas Downing 

Class runs: October 15-18

Tuition: $550

Material fee: $40

Skill level: Beginner and up

 

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     Come experience the ancient (and modern) craft of blacksmithing. In this four-day class we will be jumping in with both feet and exploring one of the most versatile and dynamic mediums around. We will be using coal fired forges, hammer and anvil to make a variety of objects that will stem from, and build upon, a handful of simple techniques.  Safety, proper fire management, ergonomics, and hammer control will be stressed, with the goal of building skills and giving each student a strong platform from which to further explore the craft.  Students should expect to leave with a few finished projects and a deeper understanding of ironwork as a whole.    

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Nicholas Downing has been forging iron in some capacity for over half of his life. He first tried blacksmithing in a middle school industrial arts class and he has been accumulating equipment and knowledge ever since. Nicholas Is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine where he studied Sculpture and Art History.  He has attended classes at the Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, and the New England School of Metalwork.  He works as a studio technician, jeweler and blacksmith and teaches and demonstrates in and around New England.  

 

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The addition is go! #biggerandbetter #nesm #bladesmith #blacksmithEuropean Swords with @swordmatt was great! Making these is a real journey! #swordsmith #forged #huzzahYou know the blacksmith/bladesmith addition is getting serious when the heavy equipment shows up! #craft #art #forgedAnother great class from @downingarts. African forged silver rings. Our first precious metal class EVER! #tinyshiny #forged #westafricaWe don't do many weekend classes, so jump on this one! #blacksmith #education #handskills #heatbeatrepeat@downingarts consolidating some silver into an ingot on a piece of hardwood. The ingot will then be forged into a ring as a part of his African ring workshop. #jewelry #forged #handmadeGreat results from @bill_burke_knives excellent “River of Fire” damascus class! Great work fellas! #riveroffire #damascus #mastersmithMaster Bladesmith @bill_burke_knives instructs long time student Manuel in the “Feather” operation of Bill’s famous “River of Fire” damascus pattern. What a fun class! #billburke #mastersmith #riveroffireWeekend and 3 day classes just added! #blacksmith #education #forged