Below is a list of blacksmithing, sculpting, and welding classes currently being offered ranging from introductory to advanced levels

 

We regularly introduce new metalworking classes and bring in guest instructors to teach tool-making, unique workshops, and blacksmithing classes.

  • Important Information about the classes

    • Classes are currently limited to 5 students due to the Covid-19 Virus spacing Guidelines.

    • All materials and safety equipment are provided.

    • One day Classes Run from 9-5 on Sat or Sun

    • Weekend classes are two and a half days; Friday from 6 pm to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm.

    • Intensive Blacksmithing Classes are custom-tailored to the students' needs and are Mon - Fri.

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  • Our Age Limit is 14 due to the high physical demands of the classes, please contact us about potential kid class, tours, or demonstrations.

Introductory Blacksmithing Classes

Flirt with Fire - 2 Hour Introduction to Blacksmithing Class

Are you interested in Blacksmithing?  This 2 hour introductory workshop gives you a taste of forging iron in a small class setting with skilled metal artists.  When you Flirt with Fire, you will learn the basics of blacksmithing and leave with a small finished item and potentially, a new passion for the art of blacksmithing!

 

This class runs specified Wednesday nights from 6-8pm. Check the calendar for dates. Email us for more info or to register.

                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                      Tuition $ 100

Introductory Blacksmithing Classes

One Day Intro Class

This introduction to blacksmithing class is for people who have never forged iron before or want more than a Flirt with Fire but don't have the budget or time to spare for a weekend class.  The skilled instructors will teach you forging mechanics, hammer control, and proper forging techniques as you create several projects.  Each project builds a skill set that is reinforced and expanded upon in the next project! In the intro one-day class students will make a set of matching decorative hooks, some utensils, and some small decorative items.

There are a variety of higher skill one-day classes available as well, please visit our booking page to view the descriptions. 

This class runs from 9 am - 5 pm on either Sat or Sun

 

Tuition: $250      

David Norrie Blacksmithing Level 1 class

Level One Blacksmithing Class

This introduction to blacksmithing class is for people who have never forged iron before or want more than a Flirt with Fire. 

The skilled instructors will teach you forging mechanics, hammer control, and proper forging techniques as you create several projects.  Each project builds a skill set that is reinforced and expanded upon in the next project! In a single weekend, this blacksmithing class will take you from an interest in blacksmithing to actually producing forged ironwork.

You will create matching sets of wall hooks, a large roasting fork, and a self designed project

 

This class runs on specified weekends: Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am-4 pm. Check the calendar for dates.

 

                                                                                                                                                              Tuition $425

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Camp Tool

This introduction to blacksmithing class is for people who have never forged iron before and want more than a Flirt with Fire. This is an equivalent level class to Level one and functions as a prerequisite for all other weekend classes that require experience. 

 

The skilled instructors will teach you forging mechanics, hammer control, and proper forging techniques as you create several projects.  Each project builds a skill set that is reinforced and expanded upon in the next project! Students will learn key basic blacksmithing and heat-treating techniques while forging a custom set of tent stakes, drive hooks, and a three-piece set of utensils, including a basic bush knife.

This class runs on specified weekends: Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm. Check the calendar for dates.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                  Tuition $425

traditional joinery techniques are taught at Forge with Intention Blacksmithing School

Ornamental Blacksmithing Class

( Previously called Lvl 3)

In this blacksmithing class, you will craft a project that further builds on your blacksmithing skills, AND you will build the tools necessary to create the project.  Learn to create pleasing, balanced C-scrolls, and two traditional joinery techniques along with a chisel, a drift punch, and a scrolling jig in this intermediate-level blacksmithing class.

 

 This class runs on specified weekends: Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am-4 pm. Check the calendar for dates

                                                                                                                                                                                       Tuition $425

Level One Blacksmithing class abilities are required in order to succeed.

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Hammer Making Class

While learning core blacksmithing skills, and heat treating techniques students will further their skill at manipulating hot steel, students will learn how to forge a custom blacksmiths Cross pein hammer. In this class you will learning proper hardening, tempering and heat treatment applications and add basic double striking and power hammer skills to your toolbox.

This class runs on specified weekends: Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm. Check the calendar for dates.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                     Tuition $425

Levels One class abilities are required in order to succeed.

Tools to make tools for blacksmiths

Tool Making One Blacksmithing Classes

In this Tool Making blacksmithing class you will forge a variety of tools common to blacksmiths; a chisel, a round, square, and center punch - learning proper hardening, tempering, and heat treatment applications.  You will also create a set of anvil hardy hole bending forks, and hand-held bending forks in preparation for the final project, forging a pair of tongs. Tong rings will round off your bevy of tools from this tool-making class.

 

This class runs on specified weekends: Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm. Check the calendar for dates

                                                                                                                                                                                         Tuition $425

Levels One Blacksmithing class abilities are required in order to succeed.

Metal sculptor David Norrie teaches welding at his blacksmithing school

Welding Classes

The Welding workshop at Forge with Intention Blacksmithing School is a foundational class designed to instill basic welding techniques with the focus of creating strong, solid welds.  Students will be introduced to Oxy-Acetylene brazing, welding, cutting, and MIG welding techniques. If time allows, students will have an opportunity to try Stick(ARC) and TIG welding as well as Plasma Cutting.

This is a great class to get you started welding at home and pairs well with any existing metalworking skills.

 

This class runs on specified weekends: Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am-4 pm. Check the calendar for dates.

 

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Bladesmithing One - Viking knife

This class is designed to familiarize the student with the types of steels most successfully used in forged knives , the tools and techniques of forging , grinding and differential heat treating of a hairpin blacksmiths knife, also known as the Viking Knife. Three different heat treating techniques will be demonstrated with the student being allowed to choose which one he or she prefers to use on the blade
the student will make in the class.

Additional materials cost of $12 will cover steel used for the blade and grinding belts for refining and polishing
bevels.

This class runs on specified weekends: Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm. Check the calendar for dates

                                                                                                                                                                                         Tuition $425

Level One Blacksmithing class abilities are recommended in order to succeed.

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BLADESMITHING 2 - FULL TANG WITH WOODEN SCALES

In this class, the student will get to see demonstrated and then get to forge, grind, heat-treat the blade, and mount the handle on a full tang knife. Handle shapes and types of woods will be discussed with the student designing the blade and handle. If the student has a block of special wood or handle material he or she is desiring to use, please feel free to bring it in scale form of approx 2-inch wide x 5.5 inches long by 3/8 inch thick, you will need two (2) pieces.

Additional materials cost: will be added for grinding belts used by each student for refining and polishing the blade and handle material.

This class runs on specified weekends: Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am-4 pm. Check the calendar for dates

                                                                                                                                                                                         Tuition $425

Level One Blacksmithing class abilities are required in order to succeed.

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Bladesmithing 3 : The Hidden Tang Knife

In this class the student will see demonstrated one technique of forging a hidden tang blade, discussingthree heat treating techniques as well as several techniques of making and fitting a guard and handleand seeing one used in finishing a blade of this sort. The student will then make a hidden tang knife,and time allowing , will complete a blade and handle.

Additional materials fee for this class is : $15 which includes : Blade Steel, grinding belts, brass stock for gaurd , a block of wood for the handle, epoxy for the joining the handle to the blade.

This class runs on specified weekends: Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm. Check the calendar for dates

                                                                                                                                                                                         Tuition $425

Level One Blacksmithing class abilities are required in order to succeed.

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Damascus Steel 101 : Dry Welding the Pattern Welded Billet


No experience nec.


In this class, the student will learn "Dry Forge Welding" as developed by Steve Rollert and Owen Wood.
The differences in Dry and Fluxed welds, as well as Hydrocarbon welding, will be discussed with examples of each on hand for display. The steels most commonly used will be discussed as well as the pros and cons of each. 


The students will see Steve assemble and forge weld a billet "Dry", then the students will each assemble and weld "Dry" a 1.5 inches wide by 4 inches long by 20 layers thick for the first weld to be taken home. If time permits, the student will be allowed to forge to shape a blade or hardware out of the steel he or she makes.

Additional Materials charge:  will cover 1095 and 15N20 steel to be for the student's billet.

The billets we will be making will be Materials price also includes one D handle 100# magnet and grinding
belts used for cleaning the billet pieces between welds.

 

This class runs on specified weekends: Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am-4 pm. Check the calendar for dates

                                                                                                                                                                                         Tuition $425

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Powdered Damascus: Welding the Pattern Welded Billet from Powdered Metal

No experience nec.


In this class, the student will learn "Dry Forge Welding" as developed by Steve Rollert and Owen Wood.
The differences in Dry and Fluxed welds, as well as Hydrocarbon welding, will be discussed with examples of each on hand for display. The steels most commonly used will be discussed as well as the pros and cons of each.

 

The student will see Steve assemble and forge weld a billet "Dry" from powdered metals, then the student will assemble and weld "Dry" a 1.5 inches wide by 4 inches long by 20 layers thick billet to be taken home. If time permits, the student will be allowed to forge to shape a blade or hardware out of the steel he or she makes.

An Additional Materials charge:  will cover the specialty steel powders for the student's billet including pressure plates. Materials price also includes one D handle 100# magnet and grinding
belts used for cleaning the billet pieces between welds.

If you would like to pay in full online please contact us at 970-215-4666. 

Receive one on one training in blacksmithing from David Norrie Blacksmithing School

Intensive One-on-One Blacksmithing Classes

The Intensive One-on-One is a week-long blacksmithing class designed for smiths that already possess some blacksmithing skills but want to take it to the next level. Students help determine the direction the class takes and can expect to significantly advance their metalworking skills and learn valuable tips for operating a successful forge along the way.  One on One Blacksmithing Classes frequently center around advanced blacksmithing techniques such as traditional joinery and tool building. 

                                                                                                                                                  Tuition varies (roughly $2,500)

Contact Forge with Intention Blacksmithing School

to schedule your one on one blacksmithing class.

artist David Norrie trains artist blacksmiths at his school

Collaborative Project Blacksmithing Classes

Once a year, Forge with Intention Blacksmithing School hosts a week-long Collaborative Project as an iron sharpens iron experience patterned after Samuel Yellin's forge-ins.  David Norrie Blacksmith School facilitates as a group of smiths come together to create a large architectural project using only traditional blacksmithing methods. It's totally purist- no modern equipment.  This collaborative experience will not only pump up your creative energy, it will stretch your metalworking skills and expand your network as you create bonds with other striving artist blacksmiths.

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Contact Forge with Intention Blacksmithing School

to express your interest and learn more information.

Forging Hot Iron

Tool Making Two Blacksmithing Classes

Information being updated. Check back soon.

 

Contact Forge with Intention Blacksmithing School

to express your interest and learn more information.

Levels One and Two Blacksmithing class abilities are required in order to succeed.

Sculptor and metal artist David Norrie teaches sculpture classes

Found Metal Sculpture Classes

Information being updated. Check back soon.

Contact Forge with Intention Blacksmithing School

to express your interest and learn more information.

Basic Blacksmithing and Welding skills are required in order to succeed in this class.

David Norrie Blacksmithing Classes Level 2

Forge Welding Blacksmithing Class (Lvl 2)

In this blacksmithing class, you will forge a beautiful 12" round wall ornament. This project builds on skills that were developed in the Level One blacksmithing class teaching you to forge three dimensional botanical leaves, form spiraling tendrils, create lap-joint forge welds, and do wrap joinery.  Students use gas forges and oxy-acetylene torches to create their metal art project in this workshop taught by skilled metal artists.  

 

This class runs on specified weekends: Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm. Check the calendar for dates.               

Information being updated. Check back soon.

 

Contact Forge with Intention Blacksmithing School

to express your interest and learn more information.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Tuition $425

Level One Blacksmithing class abilities are

required in order to succeed in this class.