Class #18

Beginning Forging

Dan Nauman

June 2 - June 8


instructor imageThis class is for folks who want to learn the basics of the blacksmith—hand forging. The class will cover the history of forging, the current status of forging, forging tools—how to use them and where to get them—forge fuels and where to get them, forging associations and more.

You’ll use a hammer (that you can keep), a coal forge, an anvil and a post vise to make a spice hook, an s-hook, a mug rack, a chisel, a fire poker and more. Bring safety glasses, a one-half inch round bastard file with handle, a notebook and a pencil. If you have hearing protection and appropriate gloves, bring those as well. And please, no synthetic clothing or synthetic shoes for this class.

Dan Nauman is a Wisconsin native, has been forging since 1979 and has been forging professionally since 1993. He has taught, demonstrated and lectured around the country at universities, conferences and museums. His work includes gates, railings, door hardware, lighting, fireplace equipment, furniture and sculpture, and can be found at such places as the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, the Lynden Sculpture Garden and the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Executive Residence in Madison, Wisconsin, the former estate of Harvey Firestone, Jr. in Akron, Ohio and at many more sites. He has won several awards for his metalwork designs and workmanship. Currently, Dan is the editor for two magazines that are published by the Artist-Blacksmith’s Association of North America, The Anvil’s Ring and The Hammer’s Blow. Dan was the consulting blacksmith for The Clearing’s Forge.

Dan will contact students prior to class

Level: Beginner
Materials Fee: $70 for steel, a hammer and a workbook
Shop Fee: $30

Pricing (per person):
$1045 Dorm Room Package*
$1145 Two-Person Room Package*
$1705 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$615 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals