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Heritage Arts: Blacksmithing Basics

March 18, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Blacksmithing Basics

Blacksmithing Basics is an introductory course for those who have interest in, but no experience with, blacksmithing.   The day will begin with an illustrated lecture on the fundamentals of ironwork, basic terminology, primary tools, forging dynamics, and safety.  Students will then receive four hours of “hands-on” forge time with close personal supervision — one instructor for every three students.  Each student will forge their own functional drive hook, and may, if time and student progress allow, complete additional small decorative items.

For safety purposes, students must bring and wear safety glasses. Students must wear closed shoes (no sandals/flip-flops/etc.), avoid dangling jewelry, and wear only natural fiber clothing (cotton/wool/etc.). Students may wish to bring hearing protection and leather or cotton gloves. Other than the forge fire, there is no building heat so warm dress is recommended.

Students are encouraged to bring a sack lunch as there are no food services on the premises.  A sack lunch has the added advantage of allowing a social lunch hour with everyone gathered around the forge fire.

Join us March 18, 2017, and immerse yourself in the science and mystery of the ancient art of blacksmithing.  Conducted at the Bartholomew County Historical Society’s Henry Breeding Farm, the class will begin promptly at 9:00am and finish at 3:00pm.

Students will receive one hour of lecture/presentation followed by four hours of hands-on work at the forge.

9:00a – 10:00a    Blacksmithing Basics Presentation
10:00a – Noon    Hands-on Forgework
Noon – 1:00p      Lunch in the smithy (students bring own sack lunch)
1:00p – 3:00p      Hands-on Forgework

This class is now fully booked (as of 2/7). Please call if you would like to be added to the wait list.

We will be working with the Blacksmiths to secure two more dates this year, most likely one in the summer and one in the fall.

Cost is $20 per person for BCHS Members and $25 for non-members.
Reservations can be made by calling 812-372-3541 or visiting BCHS at 524 3rd Street in downtown Columbus during business hours.


March 18, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Bartholomew County Historical Society


Henry Breeding Farm
13730 W 100 North
Edinburgh, IN 46124 United States
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