Beginning Blacksmithing – May 6, 2017

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Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm

Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Lancaster  (Directions)
Instructor: Rod Spotts & Barry Mentzer
Skill Level: Open to all ages 16+


Blacksmithing is the transformation of mild steel using heat to shape the metal. In this beginning blacksmithing workshop, you will have the opportunity to create sculptural & functional objects using basic techniques such as hammering, twisting, bends, tapers, and splits. Whether you want to learn a basic understanding of the process or interested in refining your skills, everyone is welcome.

We suggest that you bring a packed lunch, a hammer, gloves, safety glasses, and wear cotton clothing. No loose clothing or open toe shoes, please.

Instructors Rod Spotts & Barry Mentzer
Rod Spotts & Barry Mentzer started blacksmithing the same day in 1998 at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. The passion for the craft has led them both to continue taking classes since then although not usually together. Rod remained focused on blacksmithing where he was able to expand his knowledge and technique. Barry returned to John C. Campbell and branched out into broom making 4 years ago and has enjoyed making all types of brooms both colonial and contemporary. Fireplace brooms were the perfect blending of these two crafts. They look forward to teaching these techniques at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.