Classes at the Banton-Smith Center for Blacksmith and Metal Arts
1600 Valley Road Richmond, VA 23222
Blacksmith Boot Camp Wednesday, April 11 - Wednesday, May 23 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jerry Veneziano $250 non-guild members/$200 guild members
Basic training for blacksmiths! You'll make several projects for the home, kitchen and workshop, all while being introduced to many of the most common techniques used in blacksmithing: drawing, upsetting, bending, cutting and punching, heat treating and forge welding. And you'll have fun doing it!
Class size is limited. Students should wear comfortable, natural fiber (cotton) clothes they don't mind getting messy, and work boots or shoes. Safety glasses will be provided. All tools will be provided, but if you'd like to bring your own, you're welcome to do so.
This class will meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 - 8:30 for 6 weeks. No class Wednesday, May 9.
This Class is Now Full Please see our next boot camp, starting in July
With this Ring Saturday, April 28 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Instructor: Robin Grabinska $100 non-guild members/$75 guild members
Explore traditional jewelry making techniques, including soldering, while creating your own unique ring. We'll be using sterling silver, available for purchase from the instructor. All tools and other materials provided.
Introduction to Blacksmithing Saturday, May 19 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Instructor: Robin Grabinska $100 non-guild members/$25 guild members
Always wanted to try blacksmithing? Here's your chance! The class will cover the tools of the trade, safety, and basic techniques. This will be a hands-on class; everyone will go home with a completed project!
Class size is limited. Students should wear comfortable, natural fiber (cotton) clothes they don't mind getting messy, work boots or shoes, and safety glasses.
(Guild member's fee will be applied towards your membership dues.)
THIS CLASS IS FULL. Please see our August and November sessions to sign up
Forged Fashion Saturday, July 7 & Sunday, July 8 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Instructor: Ellen Durkan $250 non-guild members/$200 guild members
Class will focus on making something wearable. We will go over various forging, forming, riveting techniques. We will discuss design ideas and how to complete them, feel free to come with a design in mind or just sort it out as you learn new techniques and how to apply them. Class welcomes both beginners and advanced students.