2022 Summer Program


Class #113

Beginning Blacksmithing

James Viste

October 23 - October 29, 2022

instructor imageIn this class, you’ll learn the basic techniques used to forge metal with a hammer and anvil, while making several small projects. Topics covered will include hammering techniques, the use of tongs, anvils and vises, and coal forge maintenance. James’ demonstrations will cover the major introductory forging processes, including variations of tapering, upsetting, shouldering and twists to produce single piece objects—hooks, handles, etc.

Once you’ve learned the basics, some advanced techniques will be introduced, including hot cutting, punching, drifting and forge welding, a technique that allows multiple pieces of metal to be joined.

Expect to leave with some items of your own making, along with basic skills for and an understanding of forging hot steel. If you have prior experience, this class will help you refresh and refine your skills.

Please bring the following items to class: cotton clothing, some form of hair restraint (if needed), leather-palm gloves, safety glasses, ear protection and closed-toe shoes or boots.

James Viste was raised on a farm in Door County. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a master of fine art degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He is a nationally known blacksmithing demonstrator and exhibitor and has participated in several national Ironwork Restoration Projects, including at Cranbrook Educational Community, The Charles Lang Freer House and The Detroit Institute of Arts. He has worked for studios in Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Michigan. He is currently the Manager of Edgewise Forge LLC in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

James will contact students prior to class.

Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Shop Fee: $30

Pricing (per person):
$1180 Dorm Room Package*
$1280 Two-Person Room Package*
$1920 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$675 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

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


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