With a goal to insure that the traditional skill of blacksmithing will carry on to future generations, the Friends of Hearthside developed an ongoing program of hand-forging classes. Taught by blacksmiths from the area who are well-experienced in this traditional art, classes are designed for those with an interest in learning the fundamentals of hand forging or continuing their education in the craft. Classes are limited to just two students allowing hands-on, one-on-one instruction. Students work at the coal burning forge to bend and twist the hot medal into useful and decorative items of their own choice. The classes are open to teens and adults. Minimum age for kids is 11, and must be accompanied up to age 16 by an adult for the class session. Each class session must be scheduled in advance, as there is no expectation to sign up for a regular schedule.
Students are offered this flexibility in scheduling so that their only commitment is on a class-by-class basis. With only wood planks for walls and a dirt floor, students are advised to dress as if they were working outdoors. To inquire or register for classes, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
, or to purchase a Gift Certificate through our Online Gift Shop.
Just as the blacksmith once had to manufacture a wide variety of household hardware, farm tools and horseshoes, shaping steel or iron into intricate designs still has to be done with forge and anvil. Today’s blacksmith carries on this honorable old trade by hand forging household items such as fireplace tools, decorative wrought iron hooks, curtain rods, handles, drawer pulls and cabinet knobs. The Hearthside Gift Shop carries some of the items made by one of Hearthside’s blacksmith. Each item has a hand-crafted beauty that is slightly different and unique. The blacksmith does not simply “produce” an item—he ‘transforms’ it using traditional blacksmithing techniques to form the metal into the design he wants. Properly hot forged iron work will not fall apart, as mass-produced items do, so these items are designed to last for many generations to come.