Blacksmithing Classes

As iron sharpens iron, so does one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

Who is Chuck Stone?
Chuck became involved in the art of blacksmithing by reading books. As a self-taught artist/blacksmith, Chuck began working the coal forge 23 years ago. He is consistently taking courses and workshops to learn new techniques, improve his skills, and increase his knowledge in all areas of smithing. He teaches a variety of workshops. He has participated in fine arts and crafts shows around the country. He promotes blacksmithing through a local association, participates and demonstrates at blacksmithing conferences and community events including such nationally known venues as Six Flags Over Texas, The Fort Worth Zoo and The Fort Worth Historical Stockyards. Chuck currently works from his shop, The Master’s Forge, near the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

What classes are available?
All classes are one-on-one with your instructor.

*All classes require "Beginning Blacksmithing" as a prerequisite.

One day classes ($150):

Beginning Blacksmithing
  This one day class will provide a very basic understanding of forging principles, from building and controlling the fire to heating/forging steel, tool selection and use. Expect an introduction to tools, forge construction, starting and working the fire, and using the forge. Learn general techniques such as upsetting, drawing out, splitting, and simple scroll. Everything from standing properly to holding the hammer the right way will be addressed. All tools and materials are furnished.
Beginning Knifemaking
  Using the hand-cranked blower, coal forge and anvil this knifemaking class will include general techniques such as design, forging, heat treating and finishing for the beginner. Students with some blacksmith experience will enjoy creating their own knife design in this one day class. All tools and materials furnished.
Fundamentals of Blacksmithing
  This entry-level class in the art of blacksmithing requires enthusiasm and determination. Basic skills will be covered in depth through lecture and as students forge projects of their own or their instructor’s design. Expect to cover tool making and heat-treating. Student will make a basic set of tongs.
Forge Welding Class
 
Students will learn how to prepare a fire specifically for forge welding. Flux choices will be described. Work with solid bars and explore several techniques of forge welding. Student will make a forge welded fireplace poker.

Two day class ($300):

Cable Damascus Forge Welding Class
 
Students will learn Coal Fire preparation techniques specifically for forge welding. Flux choices will be described. Cable will be forge welded into a square billet (solid bar). Using the square billet, student will leave with their choice of a rough-forged knife blank or a Frederic Cross. If time allows, Finish Grinding can be done.

Three day classes ($350):

Blacksmith Projects
  Increase your skills using the hand-cranked blower, coal forge and anvil. Explore techniques to create accessories and equipment for the home and hearth. This three day class will include building a three piece fireplace tool set. Techniques in grape clusters and leaf designs will be presented. Previous blacksmith experience is necessary. All tools and materials are furnished.
Coal Forge Construction
  Introduction to the art of blacksmithing including history and art form. In this three day class the student will design and build a portable coal forge. Techniques will include measuring, designing, cutting and welding. All tools and materials are furnished for forge construction only. Contact instructor in advance about air source.
Basic Knife
  Expect to make a knife from start to finish. Forge and heat treat a blade, forge the guard and pommel, and handle the blade with the material of your choosing. This class is for the student who has a minimum of knifemaking tools and some forging experience.
Basic Scroll Working
  This three day class offers the intermediate to advanced student general techniques involved in scroll work design, jig construction, and measuring. The student will make and use scroll tongs to complete their scroll designs. All tools and materials are furnished.
Coal Fire Fun
  Fascinated with fire?! How about tapering, twisting and drifting with your instructor close by. We will also attempt the amazing feat of forge welding. No experience required. Tools and materials furnished.
Sampler
  You will appreciate this class even if you have only little or no experience in blacksmithing or other metal work. This three day class is designed to provide a complete basic understanding of forging principles, from building and working the coal fire to heating and forging steel, tool selection and use. Expect to make and finish several styles of hooks, and other small but functional ironware pieces.

Five day classes ($650):

Blacksmith Advanced Projects
  A good foundation in basic skills (smithing for at least a year or have had several classes) is a prerequisite for this advanced class. Forging of several parts to dimension and joining them to make a finished project will be accomplished during this five day class. Typical projects have included sign brackets, coffee tables, and pot racks. If you wish to start with your own idea; develop a design and type of joinery to be used, make a scale drawing, and plan a materials list (sizes, cut lengths, rivets, etc) before the class. Send drawing to instructor 30 days prior to class. If you do not wish to use your own design your instructor will select a project for the class. You may register for this class just for one week, or register for two weeks to continue your project. Tools are furnished.
Log Cabin Blacksmithing
  This class will provide the student with skills and techniques using the coal forge to design and make ironware suitable for the décor and personality of a log home. A blending of the physical and the imagination in this ancient craft will be explored. Projects include several types and sizes of hooks, herb racks, pokers, and log home accessories.

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