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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

    • 30 Sep 2018
    • 16 Dec 2018
    • 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: Nick Heinen looks back to kindergarten for his first experience as a "mechanic," when he started taking things apart without being asked. He studied industrial arts in high school and machining in vo-tech school after that. After a tour in Vietnam, he returned home and ran a remodeling business for 28 years, eventually building his own carpentry, machine, and forging shop. He is a member of the Guild of Metalsmiths and glad to be sharing his lengthy experience at CAFAC.

    • 02 Oct 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • 04 Dec 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 5
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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.  

    • 02 Oct 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 04 Dec 2018
    • 9:00 PM
    • 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.  

    • 04 Oct 2018
    • 13 Dec 2018
    • 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: 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.”

    • 21 Oct 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 6:00 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: 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.  


    • 27 Oct 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 8
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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

    • 09 Nov 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 6
    Register

    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: 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.  


    • 17 Nov 2018
    • 18 Nov 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 5
    Register

    Make a decorative and functional egg spoon* out of steel. You’ll learn both hot and cold sheet forming techniques to make the dish of the egg spoon, continuing on learning blacksmithing techniques to form the handle. Explore your creative vision in the process of making a unique project and leave with a completed egg spoon to enjoy yourself or give as a holiday gift.

    This class is for both beginning and continuing level blacksmiths. All materials and tools are provided though if you’d like to bring your own tools, we recommend calipers, center punch, cross peen and rounded peen forging hammer, angle grinder with cutoff and sanding discs, cordless drill with 3/16 and 1/8 bits.  |  $150 ($120 tuition + $30 materials)

    *The name is a bit misleading: the egg spoon you’ll make is really a small pan with a long handle, ideal for cooking an egg over a fire or gas burner. No controversy required.

    Instructor: Carla Hall is a professional metalworker and educator. She has been designing and building decorative metalwork for over 20 years, with a focus on utilitarian forged steel. She has a deep investment in education, spending the last 17 years in the Bay Area running youth education programs at The Crucible, a non-profit industrial art school. She now considers Minneapolis home, continuing her work as a metal artist in her North Minneapolis based studio and is excited to be a part of Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center.  



    • 08 Dec 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 1
    Register

    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: 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.  


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