BASICS OF BLACKSMITHING
A perfect introduction to the craft of metalworking, this course will teach the basics of heating and shaping steel. This course will cover fundamental blacksmithing skills such as tapering, spreading, bending, scrolling and shouldering. These techniques are present in all levels of blacksmithing, from creating simple hooks to more complicated projects. Exposure to the pace of working the material and understanding the forge and the tools will provide the beginner with the ability to take their ideas further. Students in this course will utilize both coal and gas forges and will learn safe practice in the shop. No previous experience necessary, metal will be provided for practice and exercises, but students must pay for additional metals needed for their independent work.
4 studentsClass Dates:
3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30 (Make-up date 5/7)Time:
6:30PM - 9:30PMCost:
$385How to Enroll:
Registration is open until March 11, or until the class is full. After that time, interested students will be put on a wait list for future blacksmithing classes at the museum. Registration forms are below or stop into the Village office to register in person. To learn more, call 413-205-5051.
About The Instructor:
Willow Zietman is an artist blacksmith and blacksmithing instructor from Lunenburg, Mass. She trained at Pioneer Village in Salem, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, and at Penland School of Crafts in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Teaching traditional ironwork in ways that go beyond traditional objects is Willow's goal as an instructor. Zietman currently teaches blacksmithing classes at Prospect Hill Forge in Waltham and The Steel Yard in Providence, Rhode Island. For the past three years, she has demonstrated at places such as the New England Blacksmiths Fall Meet in Brentwood, NH, and at Providence’s PVDFEST. Zietman is also a member of the Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths.