Introduction to Blacksmithing

Metal Fabrication

Introduction to Basic Blacksmithing

Create a bracelet, hook, spoon, or tool as you learn the basic principles of forge work, heat treatment, and metal forming.

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 4/13/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Sat, 4/13/2024

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Outside the Welding & Sheet Metal Shop

Forge, Free at BARN

Free at BARN is Made Possible Thanks to Support From:

Bainbridge Community Foundation


Blacksmithing, the skillful art of heating metal in a forge until it's glowing yellow-orange and becomes soft enough to shape with a hammer, tongs, anvil, and other tools, is experiencing a major renaissance. BARN is pleased to help perpetuate this ancient art with forge and blacksmithing classes.
Be guided through the creation of a simple project as you learn the basic principles of forge work, heat treatment, and metal forming, and develop an understanding of traditional tools used in the blacksmithing trade including a forge, hammers, anvil, etc. You'll build the skills needed to bend, shape, drift, and draw steel through traditional methods.

In addition to safety and best practices, we will cover:

  • Discussion of “smithing” and the main types: forging (sometimes called "sculpting"), welding, heat-treating, and finishing
  • Practice drawing by using forge, anvil, and hammers to create a traditional bracelet, spoons, forks, and various other items (time limits may result in a single project rather than multiple)
  • Individual student projects 


  • We'll meet outside on the concrete apron adjacent to the welding shop double doors. The class will be postponed in the case of severe cold, heavy rain, or high winds.
  • Enrollment is currently limited to three students due to space limitations.
  • If you have questions, contact Metal Fab Studio Led David Hays at
  • BARN will provide personal protection equipment.


A $10 material fee, included in the class cost, covers all the basic materials needed.

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • You must wear long-sleeve shirts and pants in natural fiber and closed-toe shoes, preferably leather. Athletic shoes and clothing of synthetic materials or stretch fabrics are prohibited.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Jim DeRoy

Jim has been forging custom horseshoes as a professional farrier for over thirty-five years, as well as creating architectural iron work, sculpture, and furniture for himself and clients.

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