Blacksmithing Classes at the Village!

Learn the art of blacksmithing in our Village Wagon Shop. Working under the guidance of Resident Metalsmith Rose Weiss, students practice 19th-century forging techniques to create unique works of art. Space is extremely limited; advance registration required: 248-524-3570. Classes offered April – November.

For class times and dates, click on our Events tab. 

For information on July/August Cu+Fe: Metalsmithing Workshop, click here.


Basic Blacksmithing Level 1

Wednesdays: June 12, 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24 (no class July 3), 6:30-9pm OR

Saturdays: July 20, 27, Aug 3, 17, 24, 31 (no class Aug. 10), 10am – 12:30pm

Experience the art of blacksmithing as it was practiced in the late 1850s with this six-week introductory course. Learn how to work at an anvil, operate a forge and tend to a coke fire.  Discover how malleable iron can be as you make your own hand trowel while learning 11 basic hand-forging techniques. Ages 12 to adult.

No prerequisite.

Price: THS Members: $270/student;

Non-members: $320/student.

Includes all materials and 15 hours of instruction.

Basic Blacksmithing Level 2

Thursdays:  July 11, 18, 25 & August 1, 8, 15 (no class Aug. 1); 6:30-9PM

Build upon the skills you learned in Basic Blacksmithing Level 1 to forge your own pair of blacksmithing tongs! This six-week course teaches you the technique of shouldering as you take on the challenge of creating mechanical movement with mating parts. Ages 12 & up.

Prerequisite: Basic Blacksmithing Level 1.

Price: THS Members $270/student

Non-members: $320/student.

Includes materials and 15 hours of instruction.

Adult-Child Blacksmithing

Saturdays June 22, 29 (No class 7/6) & July 13, 10AM – 12PM

Together, the two of you will  learn how to “sink a spoon” while making a fun and useful serving utensil.  Learn four basic hand forging techniques as you discover the world of traditional blacksmithing.  Space is limited to three adult-child pairs; call to register in advance.  Ages 10 & up.

No prerequisite.

Price: THS Members: $200/one adult and one child

Non-members: $240/one adult and one child.

Price includes material and six hours of instruction.

Anvil Time Blacksmithing

Weekend and weekday, morning, afternoon and evening classes forming.  Please contact the Village at 248-524-3570 for the current schedule and availability.

Hone the skills you acquired in Basic Blacksmithing Level 1 while working on a project of your choice. Students are encouraged to make something that is meaningful to them. You may choose from a variety of projects or create your own. Come to class prepared to discuss your ideas for this 4-week course. Ages 12 to adult.

Prerequisite: Basic Blacksmithing Level 1.

Price:  THS Members: $150/student

Non-members: $190/student.

Includes 8 hours of supervised shop time, some materials may be extra.


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