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The Blacksmith's Workshop

Portland, Oregon

Learn the ancient art of working hot metal on the anvil! We taper, split, twist and punch steel to create art, jewelry, and functional tools. Come have fun and try your hand at the time-honored craft of blacksmithing. Learn all you need to begin manipulating and moving iron in true Maker fashion.

The Workshop

Class works as a blacksmithing lab, fostering individual attention to each participant. We offer several course levels: Basics and Specialty. Blacksmithing Basics is a prerequisite for our specialty courses. —contact us for more information.

Available Courses

Blacksmithing Immersion 8-month program, 1 weekend a month
Prerequisite: none - Immerse yourself in the craft and folklore of blacksmithing 1-weekend a month. Apprentice by the forge with our expert mentors. Learn shop safety and the craft of bending metal with fire, hammer and anvil. Learn more

Blacksmithing Basics Single day (10 AM - 4 PM) and evening (6:30 PM - 8 PM) options.
Prerequisite: none - We train specific techniques of working metal: taper, drawing, scrolling, twisting, splitting and more. Projects begin with with the classic S-hook and move on from there. Proper hammer strokes, stance, forge etiquette, and safety are emphasized.

Knife Making 2-day (10 AM - 4 PM each day)
Prerequisite: Blacksmithing Basics - This 2-day workshop guides you through the knife making process resulting in a knife worth carrying. We address blade forming, you forge yours while we also cover the stock removal method. From there, we move onto edging, tempering, forming a tang, and crafting a handle.

Axe Making 2-day (10 AM - 4 PM each day)
Prerequisite: Blacksmithing Basics - This 2-day course lets you forge your own axe blade. We address material selection, shaping, welding with the forge and final grinding and sharpening.

Hori-hori ホリ - A traditional Japanese soil knife - 2-day (10 AM - 4 PM each day)
Prerequisite: Blacksmithing Basics - This 2-day workshop guides you through forging and crafting your own Wilder's Hori-Hori, the traditional Japanese soil knife and the ultimate weeding, rooting, transplanting, and wildcrafting tool.

Blacksmith's Tool-kit 1-day (10 AM - 4 PM)
Prerequisite: Blacksmithing Basics - Forge your own personal tool-kit for blacksmithing. Make tongs, a chisel and a punch. Materials supplied by class.