The Forge

Blacksmithing class stays warm in the snow, December 2010

Built in 2004/2005 as part of the center’s move toward arts and crafts education and the establishment of a residential crafts school, the Jax Forge is located in a wooded corner of the center’s property. With 6 coal forges and 8 anvils, the shop is perfect for small classes and hammer-ins. Beyond the forges and anvils, the Jax Forge is fully equipped with a bench grinder & angle grinders, an arc & a mig welder, a drill press, 1 gas forge, an electric cutoff saw, and enough hammers, tongs and wrenches to supply a small armory.

Gerald Boggs (on right) demonstrates a technique for his Dragons class, 2009

The Jax’s forge is primarily maintained by the students and instructors who use and rent the space. However, the Old Dominion Blacksmith Association gives the forge some special attention and love 2-3 times a year during hammer-in weekends (visit the OBDSA website for more information on this year’s hammer-ins).

Every year the center offers between 6-12 blacksmithing classes in the Jax Forge. Beginning in 2010 we also offer an On-Demand Beginning Blacksmithing class with OBDSA member John Riddle.

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A Jax Hammer

A Jax Hammer