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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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Joining a waitlist? Before you add yourself to a waitlist, it helps us if you're pretty certain you'll be available for the class. If a spot becomes available and you're next in line, you'll be automatically registered and given about 24 hours to confirm your registration by paying. After that, we move on to the next person in line. If we have a long list of folks who are no longer interested, it can be time-consuming to fill that spot. Thanks for your consideration!

Upcoming classes

    • 01 Jan 2019
    • 31 Dec 2019
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 0
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    This class is generally offered once per year in the spring, or when there's sufficient demand. If you'd like to be notified of future offerings, please join the waitlist.

    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: $440 ($240 tuition + $200 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.”

    • 06 Jan 2019
    • 17 Mar 2019
    • 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.

    • 08 Jan 2019
    • 12 Mar 2019
    • 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.


    • 15 Feb 2019
    • 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: 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.  


    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 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

    • 15 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 9
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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

    • 16 Mar 2019
    • 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: 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.  


    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
    • 4
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    Once you've nailed down the basics of blacksmithing, it's time to kick it up to the next level. Consistent in nearly every aspect of blacksmithing is the necessity to make tools for the purpose of making more tools! Does it get any better than that?

    In this weekend intensive, you'll forge a camp hatchet with a punched eye for the haft. We'll start by creating the slot punch for the eye, then use the punch to forge the eye of their hatchet. From there, you'll complete the shape of the hatchet inclusive of a forge-welded high carbon bit on the cutting edge. Leave this workshop having practiced techniques including advanced forge work, punching/drifting, heat treating, and forge welding - and a tool for lifelong use!

    Bring your own tools if you'd like (forging hammer, miscellaneous tongs, hot cut chisel) or use ours. Standard shop attire required: safety glasses, apron and gloves recommended, work shoes/boots, natural fiber clothing. Prerequisite: Blacksmithing Basics 1 or equivalent knowledge.  | 
    Fee: $220  (includes all materials and lunch)

    Instructor: For the past 35 years, David Mariette has been a metal fabricator, blacksmith, and run his own blacksmithing business, AnvilDancer® Forged Iron. As a member of the Guild of Metalsmiths, David served on their board of directors for 14 years, twice as president. During his tenure he chaired the education committee for four years and was awarded the Guild's Juaire/Hubler Award. David became involved with CAFAC before it opened its doors, participating in efforts to establish the CAFAC community and developing the first curriculum for the blacksmithing program, as well as teaching all levels of blacksmithing for seven years.


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