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No Experience/Beginner

2-Day (Sat-Sun)

Instructor: Jody Best

No fears, no worries! This intensive and fun workshop will leave you enthusiastic and informed about the fundamentals of blacksmithing. We will cover everything in clear and incremental steps that ensure beginning blacksmiths experience success in this new endeavor. All trade secrets will be revealed. You will first learn how to build and manage a fire and quickly progress to using the tools and techniques needed to complete a variety of hand-forged projects. This class will cover all the basics: tapering, bending, and twisting. You can expect to complete several individual projects of your choice. 
Jody Best has been forging metal since 1989. She is an experienced and enthusiastic art and blacksmithing educator who has taught at Touchstone since 1996. She maintains a blacksmithing studio on her farm near Confluence, Pennsylvania, where she works on sculpture, functional items, and the occasional tractor. She has been a resident artist at Spruce Forest Artisan Village, a featured demonstrator at regional and national blacksmithing conferences, and has exhibited her work in several galleries. 
Instagram: @oldfarmmakerplace


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