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FOLSOM FORGE

A rewarding craft to learn, blacksmithing has been a vital cornerstone for communities since man learned to work with iron.  The blacksmith made essential tools such as hammers, chisels, saws, axes and wrenches as well as items such as horseshoes, nails, hooks and wagon wheels.  The village blacksmith would have been the main resource for some of the most basic tools and hardware that people needed for farming, cooking, and transportation up until the end of the nineteenth century. Around that time, the role of Blacksmiths shifted predominantly to repairing existing tools, as industries shifted to machine-made products from cast iron.  By the 1970’s they were hard to find. 

Our introductory class requires no prior blacksmithing knowledge or skills. You will learn the basics of starting and maintaining a coal fire, terminology, hammering technique, and start our making tapers.  Once you’ve taken our beginning blacksmithing classes, you can choose to attend any of the workshops offered every month.

Instruction is provided by Certified Instructors and our workshops are designed to complete the curriculum nationally recognized and developed by the California Blacksmith Association.  Once you’ve completed the course you are eligible to apply for a state or national certification. 

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