Classes are held at the Carroll County Farm Museum in the Traditional Arts building

BGCM Class Schedule - Class vacancies as of December 15, 2019

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Jan 4 - 5, 2020 (Sat-Sun)

Class:BS-101: Beginner Blacksmithing

Instructor:Will Acevedo

Assisting:Jim Crusse

Fee:$200

Learn the basics of blacksmithing from forge and fire control to hammer control. You will learn to forge decorative scrolls, hooks, and other student selected projects as time permits. Class time 9am-5pm each day.

Full
Jan 11 - 12, 2020 (Sat-Sun)

Class:Get a Grip: Forge your own tongs

Instructor:Ted McNett

Assisting:Jacob Selmer

Fee:$200

Prerequisite: BS101 or similar experience
Learn to forge your own tongs. We will focus on 5 types of tongs during this class: twist jaw, offset bolt tongs, traditional box jaw, scroll tongs and pick up tongs. We will start with forging tongs from X bar stock and work up to traditional tongs with forge welded reins. You will be able to fit these tongs to your specific stock size. Class time 9AM-5PM each day.

5 openings
Jan 18, 2020 (Sat)

Class: Get Hooked on Blacksmithing

Instructor:Ken Strosnider

Assisting:Don Fisher

Fee:$100

This one-day introductory course allows the student to try their hand at forging steel into a simple hook. This course introduces basic hammer skills to change the shape and direction of steel from raw bar-stock into a functional and decorative tab hook or S-hook. This one-day course does not qualify as a prerequisite for intermediate and advanced classes but allows the student to see if blacksmithing is a hobby or craft they would like to pursue further. No prerequisite courses. Class time 9am-5pm.

3 openings
Jan 25 - 26, 2020 (Sat-Sun)

Class:Forging roses and flowers

Instructor:Jacob Selmer

Assisting:Ted McNett

Fee:$200

This class will focus on forming flowers. Students will create different flowers in time for Valentine's Day. This will include the sheet metal rose, rolled rose, and others. Stems and leaves will be forged from bar stock. We will explore textures, tooling, and techniques. All materials are provided. Students should have basic metalworking knowledge, but there are no prerequisite courses. Class time 9am-5pm each day.

2 openings
Feb 1 - 2, 2020 (Sat-Sun)

Class:BS-101: Beginner Blacksmithing

Instructor:Allen DeMoss

Assisting:Mitch Gentry

Fee:$200

Learn the basics of blacksmithing from forge and fire control to hammer control. You will learn to forge decorative scrolls, hooks, and other student selected projects as time permits. Class time 9am-5pm each day.

Full
Feb 8 - 9, 2020 (Sat-Sun)

Class:Tools & Jigs

Instructor:Bob Hungerman

Assisting:TBD

Fee:$200

Prerequisite: BS101 or similar experience
Learn to make basic tools and jigs for the blacksmith shop: Spring fuller, bending fork, scrolling wrench, vise-held bending jigs, tripod scale. Welding involved but not required. Wearing Long-sleeve cotton shirts encouraged. Class time 9am-5pm each day.

7 openings
Feb 15, 2020 (Sat)

Class: Get Hooked on Blacksmithing Junior

Instructor:Ken Strosnider

Assisting:Don Fisher

Fee:$100

This class is for students ages 12 to 16. The student's parent or guardian must stay on-site at the Farm Museum.

This one-day introductory course allows the student to try their hand at forging steel into a simple hook. This course introduces basic hammer skills to change the shape and direction of steel from raw bar-stock into a functional and decorative tab hook or S-hook. This one-day course does not qualify as a prerequisite for intermediate and advanced classes but allows the student to see if blacksmithing is a hobby or craft they would like to pursue further. No prerequisite courses. Class time 9am-5pm.

7 openings
Feb 22 - 23, 2020 (Sat-Sun)

Class:Forged Cooking Utensils: Fork, spatula, and ladle

Instructor:Ted McNett

Assisting:Bob Baugher

Fee:$200

Prerequisite:BS101 or similar experience
Expand your forging skills through splitting, drawing, and spreading to make cooking utensils from a single piece of steel. These common and useful items will stretch your skill and ability. Each student should be able to complete a three piece cooking set. Class time 9am-5pm each day.

3 openings
Feb 29 - Mar 1, 2020 (Sat-Sun)

Class:BS-101: Beginner Blacksmithing

Instructor:Jim Maness

Assisting:Bob Baugher

Fee:$200

Learn the basics of blacksmithing from forge and fire control to hammer control. You will learn to forge decorative scrolls, hooks, and other student selected projects as time permits. Class time 9am-5pm each day.

7 openings
Mar 4 - Apr 1, 2020 (Wed-Wed)

Class:BS-101 Wednesday Evenings Beginner

Instructor:Bob Hungerman

Assisting:Jim Maness

Fee:$200

(March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 1) Learn the basics of blacksmithing from forge and fire control to hammer control. You will learn to forge a fish tail scroll, pig tail scroll, tab hook, drive hook, forge poker, water can handle, and other student selected projects as time permits. Class time 6-9:30PM each day.

8 openings
Mar 7 - 8, 2020 (Sat-Sun)

Class:Wrapped Eye Tomahawk

Instructor:Derek Kemper

Assisting:Ted McNett

Fee:$200

Prerequisite: BS101 or similar experience
Forge a wrapped eye tomahawk using mild steel and a welded high carbon bit for the cutting edge. Prior forge welding success is highly recommended. Class time 9AM-5PM each day

7 openings
Mar 14, 2020 (Sat)

Class: Get Hooked on Blacksmithing

Instructor:Ken Strosnider

Assisting:Bob Baugher

Fee:$100

This one-day introductory course allows the student to try their hand at forging steel into a simple hook. This course introduces basic hammer skills to change the shape and direction of steel from raw bar-stock into a functional and decorative tab hook or S-hook. This one-day course does not qualify as a prerequisite for intermediate and advanced classes but allows the student to see if blacksmithing is a hobby or craft they would like to pursue further. No prerequisite courses. Class time 9am-5pm.

8 openings
Mar 21 - 22, 2020 (Sat-Sun)

Class:Blacksmith Helper (Third Hand) Stand

Instructor:Jacob Selmer

Assisting:TBD

Fee:$200

Prerequisite: BS101 or similar experience
Class time 9AM-5PM each day

8 openings
Mar 28 - 29, 2020 (Sat-Sun)

Class:Beginner Bladesmithing

Instructor:Rob "Deker" Dekelbaum

Assisting:Ed Clarke

Fee:$250

Prerequisite: BS101 or similar experience
In this class, students will get a 2 day introduction into the craft and construction of handmade knives. Students will learn the basics of blade forging, grinding, and heat treatment, as well as how to affix a full-tang style handle to their forged blades. At the end of the class will take home a complete knife ready for sharpening. Class time 9AM-5PM each day.

3 openings
May 30, 2020 (Sat)

Class: Get Hooked on Blacksmithing

Instructor:TBD

Assisting:TBD

Fee:$100

This one-day introductory course allows the student to try their hand at forging steel into a simple hook. This course introduces basic hammer skills to change the shape and direction of steel from raw bar-stock into a functional and decorative tab hook or S-hook. This one-day course does not qualify as a prerequisite for intermediate and advanced classes but allows the student to see if blacksmithing is a hobby or craft they would like to pursue further. No prerequisite courses. Class time 9am-5pm.

8 openings
Jun 13, 2020 (Sat)

Class: Get Hooked on Blacksmithing Junior

Instructor:TBD

Assisting:TBD

Fee:$100

This class is for students ages 12 to 16. The student's parent or guardian must stay on-site at the Farm Museum.

This one-day introductory course allows the student to try their hand at forging steel into a simple hook. This course introduces basic hammer skills to change the shape and direction of steel from raw bar-stock into a functional and decorative tab hook or S-hook. This one-day course does not qualify as a prerequisite for intermediate and advanced classes but allows the student to see if blacksmithing is a hobby or craft they would like to pursue further. No prerequisite courses. Class time 9am-5pm.

8 openings
Aug 29, 2020 (Sat)

Class: Get Hooked on Blacksmithing

Instructor:TBD

Assisting:TBD

Fee:$100

This one-day introductory course allows the student to try their hand at forging steel into a simple hook. This course introduces basic hammer skills to change the shape and direction of steel from raw bar-stock into a functional and decorative tab hook or S-hook. This one-day course does not qualify as a prerequisite for intermediate and advanced classes but allows the student to see if blacksmithing is a hobby or craft they would like to pursue further. No prerequisite courses. Class time 9am-5pm.

8 openings
Oct 3 - 4, 2020 (Sat-Sun)

Class:BS 102 Beyond hooks or Get the drift - Punches, chisels and drifts

Instructor:Jacob Selmer

Assisting:TBD

Fee:$200

Prerequisite: BS101 or similar experience
Learn the basics of forging punches, chisels, and drifts to forge a bottle opener and other projects. You will learn hardening and tempering of your tools as well as making a bolster plate. Class time 9AM-5PM each day

8 openings
Nov 7 - 8, 2020 (Sat-Sun)

Class:Beginner Bladesmithing

Instructor:Rob "Deker" Dekelbaum

Assisting:Ed Clarke

Fee:$250

Prerequisite: BS101 or similar experience
In this class, students will get a 2 day introduction into the craft and construction of handmade knives. Students will learn the basics of blade forging, grinding, and heat treatment, as well as how to affix a full-tang style handle to their forged blades. At the end of the class will take home a complete knife ready for sharpening. Class time 9AM-5PM each day.

8 openings

More classes being scheduled soon. Please check back