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: Once students have learned the basic skills needed to safely operate a forge, John will take them the next step into the world of faces, flowers, forge welding and more. This class will briefly review safety and maintenance of a forge before plunging into a variety of activities including learning how to make candle holders out of scrap metal, making leaves, simple animal heads and basic flowers. Students will also get an introduction to forge welding and learning how to make some of the tools to forge with. Students in this class MUST have taken Beginning Blacksmithing or its equivalent.
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.