Blacksmith Classes And Bladesmithing Classes By Fire Creek Forge

If you are interested in taking class, please read through this entire section.


My current class format is customized on an individual basis, with one on one instruction.

Please contact me via our contact form if you are interested in blacksmithing or blade smithing instruction.


Cost for instruction is $50 per hour. (Beginner classes, for example, generally run 3 hours.) Depending on the class, materials and all tools are provided and included in the price.


I currently provide instruction in the following general categories:


  • Bladesmithing and knifemaking
  • Beginner blacksmithing
  • Basic through intermediate blacksmithing


Specific Classes:


Basic Bladesmithing - $350

Class runs 6-8 hours. Forge a basic hunting style knife, finish it out with a fully functional handle.


Beginning Blacksmithing - $150

Class runs three hours. Forge several simple projects, gaining a practical understanding and skills in basic blacksmithing technique.


We can easily tailor a class specifically for your current skill level and what you want to learn.


Age Requirements:

While we don't have a specific age requirement, our general recommendation is that class participants be at least 10 years of age. Minors (under age 18) are welcome to attend classes accompanied by a parent or guardian 21 years or older.


Please Note

While precaution is taken for safety, blacksmithing and blade smithing are inherenely dangerous activities. 

Each participant must sign a waiver prior to taking the class, and parents /  guardians must sign for minors.


What Should You Bring?


Blacksmithing is hot, dirty work. Small flakes of iron oxide called scale, fall from on the surface of the steel when heated to forging temperatures. Pieces of hot scale often fly off the steel as you are forging. This is one example of why you need to be prepared with the following clothing and personal protective equipment.  These are required if you want to forge:


  • Eye protection. Impact rated, wrap around eyewear.
  • Natural fiber clothing.  Do not wear nylon, polyester, or anything but cotton or wool. The synthetic fibers can melt onto your skin if contacted with hot steel. Additionally, do not wear anything that you want to keep nice; blacksmithing can be hard on clothing.
  • Solid shoes. No open toed footwear, and preferably leather. This is to protect your feet in the event you drop something on your foot.
  • Water. Staying hydrated is important, particularly as the shop can become quite warm with the forge running. A snack is a good idea too.


Additional equipment for Knife Making Classes: 


  • 100P , N95 or N100 Respirator. Participants of a knife making class will need to bring a working, properly fitted respirator (not a simple dust mask!) for personal protection while using the belt grinder.


While not required to attend a class, please consider the following for your personal comfort and additional safety measure:


  • Gloves. Some prefer wearing gloves. This will usually protect you hands from pieces of scale, however, a long cuff is preferred so a piece of scale can't fall down into the glove. if this happens, you will wish you had skipped the glove all together!
  • Hearing protection. If you would prefer to wear hearing protection against the hammering, that is not a bad idea. I will speak loudly so you can still hear instruction!
  • Long sleeves. Again, long sleeves will protect you arms from falling scale.