Saturday and Sunday, 9am-5pm
Jax Member $162 / General Public $200 /Deposit $50
Attention Groupon Holders: You may use your Groupon for this class, however we are unable to register you online at this time. Please call the center during normal business hours and we will complete your registration over the phone.
Class Description: This beginning blacksmithing class will introduce students to the equipment, tools and safety precautions involved in the use of the blacksmith’s forge. Once familiar with the tools of the trade, the class will practice fundamental blacksmithing techniques while learning to make basic hooks, tools and decorative flares. Students are asked to bring their own safety glasses and to wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Aprons and gloves are optional.
Materials Fee: $20
Minimum Enrollment, 3: Maximum Enrollment, 12: Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult
Artist Bio: John Riddle grew up on a farm where his dad taught him the basics of sheet metal work as a teenager. He worked in the railroad industry as an adult, as a metal-worker, electrician, shop and maintenance worker, and finally rail car worker. As a result, he has been a blacksmith all his life, but never knew very much about it until around 2005 when he heard about the Old Dominion Blacksmith Association and became a regular member. He has learned much attending meetings and classes through the group and is excited to share his life-long trade with the next generation of blacksmiths.