The Forge @ Art Center West: Blacksmithing & Knife Making Programs



The timeless trade of blacksmithing can now be witnessed and explored hands-on at The Forge at Art Center West -
Roswell’s newest visual art addition located in Leita Thompson Park.  Three-, six- and twelve-hour classes
focused on the fundamentals of blacksmithing with a hammer, anvil and gas forge are currently being offered to those
seeking creative adventure in this traditional medium. 

Blacksmithing has played a vital role in community life in this country since its beginning. The blacksmith’s shop was
among the first shops established in new villages, and every town had at least one. Not only did the smith keep the horses shod, but he also built the hardware for houses and barns, the buckles and clasps for harnesses, cooking utensils for the kitchen, shovels and tools for fieldwork, along with axes and knives. While today these things are mass-produced, the fulfillment and satisfaction of producing one’s
own ironwork is well worth the effort and will result in practical items that will last for centuries.

We hope to get the community involved in an outdoor activity that is engaging both mentally and physically while freeing ourselves from technology that is so encompassed in our day-to-day lives.  Actively producing something around the
anvils at “The Forge” will bring a sense of pride and ownership while creating dialogue and a sense of community as information and tradition are explored.  Those of all experience and ability are encouraged to participate

In our blacksmithing classes, you will learn fundamentals and techniques that will enable you to make an endless variety of useful and beautiful items for your home and shop. We use specific projects to teach the skills, and you will quickly find that by using those same skills in other variations, you can make many other practical projects.


TASTE OF BLACKSMITHING


These sampler workshops offer an overview of basic blacksmithing while creating simple, focused projects.  Students will gain working knowledge of hammering steel on an anvil, and complete small ornamental forms to take home.  This taste of blacksmithing may whet your appetite for more in-depth programs. 

Location: Forge at Art Center West
Fees
: $70 Residents and Non-residents - to register for taste of blacksmithing workshops click here or visit www.roswellgov.com/RoswellArtWorkshops

AGES

DAY

DATES

TIME

Focus

16+

Tues

3/12

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Bottle Openers

16+

Tues

3/12

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Hooks and Tapers

16+

Tues

3/26

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Hooks and Tapers

16+

Tues

3/26

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Bottle Openers

16+

Tues

4/9

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Bottle Openers

16+

Tues

4/9

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Hooks and Tapers

16+

Tues

4/23

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Hooks and Tapers

16+

Tues

4/23

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Bottle Openers

 


BLACKSMITHING 101

Introduction to the art and science of blacksmithing.  Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasizes while making basic projects out of forged steel.  Instruction will combine our “taste of” curriculums and focus on projects that encompass the basics of blacksmithing including: tapers, twists, hooks, and bottle openers.  Students can expect to make at least two or three objects as they learn important techniques that every smith uses when stepping up to the anvil.

Location: Forge at Art Center West
Fees
: $105 Residents and Non-residents to register for blacksmithing 101 workshops click here or visit www.roswellgov.com/RoswellArtWorkshops

AGS

DAYS

DATES

TIME

16+

Sat

3/16

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

16+

Sat

3/30

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

16+

Sat

4/20

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 



Blacksmithing: BBQ tools and Campfire Equipment

These 12-hour courses will introduce beginning and intermediate participants to basic techniques of blacksmithing with forge and anvil.  Demonstrations will include a range of forging techniques while students work toward their own custom designs and create their own BBQ tool set or campfire utensils.

Location: Art Center West
Fees: $200, Residents     $300, Non-Residents

AGES

DAY

DATES

TIME

FOCUS

PROGRAM #

16+

Sat – Sun

3/23 – 3/24

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

BBQ Sets

38702-01

16+

Thurs

4/18 – 5/9

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Gardening Tools

38702-02

16+

Sat – Sun

4/27– 4/28

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Gardening Tools

38702-03



Blacksmithing: Railroad Spike Knife

These 6-hour courses will introduce beginning and intermediate participants to basic techniques of blacksmithing with forge and anvil.  Demonstrations will include various forging and finishing techniques while students work toward their own custom designs.  Participants will forge, heat treat, grind and finish custom knives from a railroad spike. 

Location: Art Center West
Fees: $100, Residents     $150, Non-Residents


AGES

DAY

DATES

TIME

PROGRAM #

16+

Sat - Sun

3/2 - 3/3

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

28703-03

16+

Thurs

3/14 – 3/21

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

38703-01

16+

Sat

4/13

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

38703-02

16+

Sat

5/4

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

38703-03



Blacksmithing: Private bookings and workshops

This program is great for teambuilding, scout troops, birthday parties or any group that is interested in experiencing the craft blacksmithing firsthand. Workshops can be set up for 3, 6, or 12-hour programs.  Following the structure of the blacksmithing programs previously listed, participants will complete a variety of small projects and gain working knowledge of steel and anvil while practicing safe working habits.

Location: Art Center West
Ages: 14+
Fees based on a 6 person minimum                  
3-hour workshops:                  $70 per participant /$420 min
6-hour workshops:                  $100 per participant/$600 min
12-hour workshops:                  $150 per participant/$900 min

Please contact AJ Argentina to receive more information or to schedule a time and location.
770-641-3990 or aargentina@roswellgov.com


Email aargentina@roswellgov.com for more information or to inquire about group bookings



 
 
 

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