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Beginner Blacksmithing: First Time Forging Workshop

July 6 @ 9:00 am - July 7 @ 5:00 pm



July 6 @ 9:00 am
July 7 @ 5:00 pm
Cost: $475
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Peters Valley School of Craft
19 Kuhn Road
Layton, NJ 07851 United States
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In this introductory workshop we will lay the foundations for a journey into the blacksmithing world. This class is designed for people who have never used a coal forge before, but more seasoned beginners are more than welcome. We will focus on starting and maintaining a coal fire, and basic hammer control techniques. Everyone can expect to walk away with a few small pieces to take home such as hooks, bottle openers, key chains, or fire-pokers.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond Workshop Levels
Type: Blacksmithing
Ages: Adult

You will need to bring the following materials/supplies to the workshop:

  • safety glasses
  • ear plugs/ear protection
  • leather gloves
  • non-flammable (cotton) work clothes
  • closed toed leather shoes
  • hair ties for long hair
  • bug spray
  • sports bottle for drinking water


About the Instructor:

Sean Fitzsimmons is a blacksmith and bladesmith from Sussex county NJ. He got his start right here at Peter’s Valley 10 years ago and has been a full time metalworker for 2 years. He has also taught at the John C Campbell Folk School, and has completed residencies at the Center For Metal Arts. He currently makes bespoke blades and tools for home, craft and harvest use.


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