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The art of blacksmithing has been practiced for thousands of years to manipulate metal into objects from horseshoes to swords to furniture. Blacksmiths heat iron in a forge and use tools such as a hammer and anvil to shape it to a desired form. 

Please see these notes about blacksmithing classes before you register.

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Upcoming classes

    • 07 Jan 2020
    • 10 Mar 2020
    • 10 sessions
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 0
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    If you had a hammer, would you use it to drive a nail? Or would you rather use it to forge a nail from red hot iron? This course is designed to ignite your passion for blacksmithing and introduce you to the seemingly endless ways of expressing yourself by shaping iron with fire and hammer. You'll gain basic knowledge of iron and its characteristics, an understanding of the dynamics of forging, and the ability to safely shape iron with heat and a hammer.

    By the end of class, you'll have covered the basic forging processes, including drawing and tapering, splitting, cutting, drifting, punching, twisting, upsetting. You'll develop those skills through projects such as: hooks, utensils, bottle openers, trivets, and forging tools.  |  $355 ($300 tuition + $55 materials)

    Instructor: Dan Osadchuk's earliest memory is of stumbling into his grandfather’s blacksmith shop when he was two years old and becoming so mesmerized that his father had to drag him out kicking and screaming. His fascination with metalworking continued through high school, where he became the shop teacher’s assistant, and into his first job out of technical college in the largest machine shop in St. Paul. He started building his blacksmithing practice 25 years ago and is a member of the Guild of Metalsmiths through which he’s taught various blacksmithing classes.



    • 09 Jan 2020
    • 12 Mar 2020
    • 10 sessions
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 1
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    If you had a hammer, would you use it to drive a nail? Or would you rather use it to forge a nail from red hot iron? This course is designed to ignite your passion for blacksmithing and introduce you to the seemingly endless ways of expressing yourself by shaping iron with fire and hammer. You'll gain basic knowledge of iron and its characteristics, an understanding of the dynamics of forging, and the ability to safely shape iron with heat and a hammer. 

    By the end of class, you'll have covered the basic forging processes, including drawing and tapering, splitting, cutting, drifting, punching, twisting, upsetting. You'll develop those skills through projects such as: hooks, utensils, bottle openers, trivets, and forging tools.  |  $355 ($300 tuition + $55 materials)

    Instructor: Brad Buxton began his blacksmith/metalwork journey in 2009, taking classes through the Guild of Metalsmiths, North House Folk School and with nationally recognized blacksmiths. He works out of his shop, Acme Project Shop, making metal sculpture, bottle openers, campfire cooking tools and other utilitarian pieces. He teaches copper chasing/repousse blacksmith classes, to adults and high school students. His philosophy for teaching blacksmith classes is to focus on five basic processes: drawing and tapering, slitting and punching, bending, twisting, and upsetting.  

    • 09 Jan 2020
    • 13 Mar 2020
    • 10 sessions
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 0
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    If you had a hammer, would you use it to drive a nail? Or would you rather use it to forge a nail from red hot iron? This course is designed to ignite your passion for blacksmithing and introduce you to the seemingly endless ways of expressing yourself by shaping iron with fire and hammer. You'll gain basic knowledge of iron and its characteristics, an understanding of the dynamics of forging, and the ability to safely shape iron with heat and a hammer. 

    By the end of class, you'll have covered the basic forging processes, including drawing and tapering, splitting, cutting, drifting, punching, twisting, upsetting. You'll develop those skills through projects such as: hooks, utensils, bottle openers, trivets, and forging tools.  |  $355 ($300 tuition + $55 materials)

    Instructor: Brad Buxton began his blacksmith/metalwork journey in 2009, taking classes through the Guild of Metalsmiths, North House Folk School and with nationally recognized blacksmiths. He works out of his shop, Acme Project Shop, making metal sculpture, bottle openers, campfire cooking tools and other utilitarian pieces. He teaches copper chasing/repousse blacksmith classes, to adults and high school students. His philosophy for teaching blacksmith classes is to focus on five basic processes: drawing and tapering, slitting and punching, bending, twisting, and upsetting.  

    • 16 Jan 2020
    • 05 Mar 2020
    • 8 sessions
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 0
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    Build a propane blacksmithing forge of your own to take home! In this introductory course, we will begin by learning the metal fabrication and welding techniques needed to build your own propane forge. This process will provide you with an intimate understanding of the equipment and how to safely operate and maintain it, inspiring the confidence to use it on your own. All supplies and materials needed to build your own forge are included.

    Please bring or wear the following personal protective equipment to class: safety glasses, head covering, long sleeves and long pants. Loose-fitting welding gloves are optional. Open to ages 18 and up.  |  Fee: $565 ($240 tuition + $325 materials)  |  8 weeks

    Instructor: Jim Ricci is a jack-of-all-trades with decades of experience in woodworking and construction, who discovered his passion for metalworking right here at CAFAC. Once a student under David Mariette, Jim has been independently metalworking ever since. Some of his work can be seen in the gardens of the Circus Juventas Big Top. Jim attributes his love for craftsmanship in part to his grandfather, whose favorite saying was: “you can learn something new every day of your life.”

    • 14 Feb 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 0
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    Build your blacksmith skills with a fun and useful project: making a bottle opener. They’re quick to make and can incorporate all basic blacksmithing processes in one compact project. We'll end class with a celebratory bottle-opening to try out your new tool (that means a beer or soda is included!). Open to all experience levels.  |  $65 ($50 tuition + $15 materials)

    Instructor: Becca Cerra works at the intersection of visual and performing arts, often combining elements of sculpture with contemporary dance and partner acrobatics to create a unique, hybrid art form. She uses steel because of the way its rigidity and coldness contrasts against the softness, fragility, and impermanence of the human body. She also works with metal because of the physicality it demands; the work becomes both of and for the body. She is currently experimenting with adapting the aesthetics of her fine art practice into functional and utilitarian objects to create unforgettable home goods and private commissions.




    • 23 Feb 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 7
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    Designed for continuing blacksmithing students (who've taken Blacksmithing Basics 1 or have similar experience), in this workshop we'll fire up the forges for you to work on personal projects. It's a great opportunity to build your punches, drifts, tongs, and other tools. Experience is required; please contact instructor Brad Buxton at brad@acmeprojectshop.com if you're wondering if this class is for you.

    Instructor: Brad Buxton

    • 07 Mar 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Build your blacksmith skills with a fun and useful project: making a bottle opener. They’re quick to make and can incorporate all basic blacksmithing processes in one compact project. We'll end class with a celebratory bottle-opening to try out your new tool (that means a beer or soda is included!). Open to all experience levels.  |  $65 ($50 tuition + $15 materials)

    Instructor: Becca Cerra works at the intersection of visual and performing arts, often combining elements of sculpture with contemporary dance and partner acrobatics to create a unique, hybrid art form. She uses steel because of the way its rigidity and coldness contrasts against the softness, fragility, and impermanence of the human body. She also works with metal because of the physicality it demands; the work becomes both of and for the body. She is currently experimenting with adapting the aesthetics of her fine art practice into functional and utilitarian objects to create unforgettable home goods and private commissions.




    • 14 Mar 2020
    • 16 Mar 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    In this project workshop, you’ll forge your own full-tang, well-balanced knife for kitchen or outdoor use. We’ll start with a blank of high carbon steel and forge it to shape. Next is heat treatment techniques - annealing, hardening, and tempering - and then finishing the edge with files or grinders. The final step is creating a wood handle (feel free to bring your own hardwood if you’d like). Once you’ve completed a classic utilitarian knife using tools and techniques that are readily available, you’ll be ready to continue making knives on your own, for different uses with more exotic metals and techniques.

    This class requires forging experience to ensure you have the hammer control skills to be successful. Questions about your skills? Contact brad@acmeprojectshop.com. |  $190 ($140 tuition + $50 materials)

    Instructor: Brad Buxton began his blacksmith/metalwork journey in 2009, taking classes through the Guild of Metalsmiths, North House Folk School and with nationally recognized blacksmiths. He works out of his shop, Acme Project Shop, making metal sculpture, bottle openers, campfire cooking tools and other utilitarian pieces. He teaches copper chasing/repousse blacksmith classes, to adults and high school students. His philosophy for teaching blacksmith classes is to focus on five basic processes: drawing and tapering, slitting and punching, bending, twisting, and upsetting.  




    • 21 Mar 2020
    • 22 Mar 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 7
    Register

    Build your blacksmithing toolbox while developing your forging skills! Tongs are one of the essential tools a blacksmith uses to forge hot metal. Having more than one pair and style for the metal sizes typically used in the forge is important for efficient and safe forging. In this workshop you will make tongs to fit the metal youtypically use, whether it's round, square, or flat stock. Tong styles you'll be able to choose from include box jaw, flat jaw, bolt tongs, punch holding, or knife blade.

    Previous blacksmithing experience will help you be successful in this class. Questions about your skills or have a particular project in mind? Contact brad@acmeprojectshop.com |  $165 ($120 tuition + $45 materials)

    Instructor: Brad Buxton began his blacksmith/metalwork journey in 2009, taking classes through the Guild of Metalsmiths, North House Folk School and with nationally recognized blacksmiths. He works out of his shop, Acme Project Shop, making metal sculpture, bottle openers, campfire cooking tools and other utilitarian pieces. He teaches copper chasing/repousse blacksmith classes, to adults and high school students. His philosophy for teaching blacksmith classes is to focus on five basic processes: drawing and tapering, slitting and punching, bending, twisting, and upsetting.  




    • 28 Mar 2020
    • 29 Mar 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 6
    Register

    Join us for two-day intensive experience in decorative blacksmithing techniques. Rather than working towards a specific project, this class is all about experimentation and skill-building. The goal of this class is to learn new decorative metalworking methods while refining those you already know. On the first day, you’ll learn how to manipulate the ends of a rod of steel to turn it into virtually any shape. Then on day two, you’ll learn how to manipulate the length of the material to create several types of twists. Possible tips and twists we'll experiment with include: drawing a taper, snub end, upsetting, scrolling, fish tail, basic leaf, ball end, simple twist, rope, waterfall, pineapple, rubiks.  

    While learning the more traditional methods using hand tools, Becca will also offer tips and tricks using the advantages of power tools along the way to save you time and energy.   Leave the weekend inspired and with a new set of skills to apply to your future projects! This class is intended for those with some blacksmithing experience (at minimum, our one-day project shop class) so that have familiarity with forging, tools, and equipment.  |  $150 ($120 tuition + $30 materials)

    Instructor: Becca Cerra works at the intersection of visual and performing arts, often combining elements of sculpture with contemporary dance and partner acrobatics to create a unique, hybrid art form. She uses steel because of the way its rigidity and coldness contrasts against the softness, fragility, and impermanence of the human body. She also works with metal because of the physicality it demands; the work becomes both of and for the body. She is currently experimenting with adapting the aesthetics of her fine art practice into functional and utilitarian objects to create unforgettable home goods and private commissions.


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