Weekend - May 5-6, 2018
Beginning Knife Making - $200
Learn the basics of blacksmithing while forging a knife complete with handle. No previous knife makiing or blacksmithing experience is required. Previous blacksmithing experience may allow participants to create more than one knife. All materials are included. Class meets Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 6, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Novice -Intermediate
Jay Replogle is owner and operator of Replogle Armory in Sparta, Tennessee. He specializes in knife making, blades and swords. He recently won “Forged in Fire” on the History Channel. >
Weekend - May 12-13, 2018
Forge! Fire! Food! Grilling Implements - $200
Review basic blacksmithing techniques and use them to forge several different grilling implements. Cover hammer control, clean forging, tapering, fullering, spreading, shouldering, splitting and riveting. Learn about stainless steel as we work with this corrosion resistant alloy. Use your hammered creations to make flame-licked morsels at an optional cook out. Beginning-Intermediate
Abraham Pardee is blacksmith, instructor and owner/operator of Pardee Metals in Sparta, Tennessee. Pardee graduated from Tennessee Tech University’s School of Art, Craft and Design. He has completed several residencies, taught workshops and exhibited across the country.
Weekend - May 18-20, 2018
Fundamentals of Blacksmithing: The Magnificent 7 - $300
Though a blacksmith can forge objects with infinite design and functional possibilities, the technical methods to create all utilitarian, decorative and sculptural forms at the forge use only seven fundamental processes. Beginner to intermediate level smiths can learn or refresh skills through experimentation with hot iron and making small objects. Emphasize craftsmanship, design, and safe work practices. The goal is to have fun while gaining an understanding of the basic skills required.
John Medwedeff, a full-time artist-blacksmith, has been producing site-specific public sculpture, sculptural fountains, architectural ironwork, and furniture for over 30 years. Medwedeff apprenticed with Jim Wallace at the Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, and earned his MFA in blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. Concurrent with his studio work, John has curated exhibitions, taught sculpture and blacksmithing workshops at numerous craft schools, and lectured across the country.
eekend - May 25-27, 2018
Early American Primitive Knife Making - $300
Review the history of early American steel making and of colonial knife blades, tang styles, handle material, pins, and basic construction. Working with hand tools only, learn to construct an English or French style trade knife or belt knife or a Brute De Forge. Depending upon skill level and time constraints, projects may be completed partially or entirely.
Anthony Martin works in the Colonial American style of blacksmithing. He is the blacksmith for "A Taste of History" with Walter Staib and has been featured on "Handcrafted America."
Weeklong - June 3-8, 2018
Hot and Cold Forging with Bi-metal Construction - $550
Create a spoon or ladle with a steel handle and copper bowl. Learn to hot forge steel, developing enough work hardness to create a delicate handle. Use cold forging techniques, including sinking, annealing, and raising to form the copper bowl. Use copper rod to make rivets and join steel to copper, creating a bi-metal piece that is functional. Silver will also be available.
All skill levels
Named a “master craftsman” by Virginia and his native state of Tennessee, William S. Rogers has been a professional artist for 30 years. He is known for work that uses the traditional tools and techniques of the blacksmith, silversmith, and coppersmith to create contemporary designs that provide personal interaction for generations.
Weeklong - June 24-29, 2018
The Bowie Knife - $550 (This replaces the "Design and Exploration of Tube Forging and Lighting" workshop.)
Forge, grind, and assemble your very own bowie knife. Discuss the shape, styling, and blade geometry of this iconic blade. Join us and forge an Americana classic.
Beginning-Intermediate (must have blacksmithing experience – hammering, starting and maintaining a fire in the forge)
Jay Replogle is owner and operator of Replogle Armory in Sparta, Tennessee. He specializes in knife making, blades and swords. He recently won “Forged in Fire” on the History Channel.
Weekend - July 6-8, 2018
Forged Garden Tools for the Green Thumb - $300
From handle to spade, create garden tools that will stand the test of time. Forge one piece trowels and cultivators using various striking techniques and forge welding. Use a draw knife to shape the handle.
Eric Smith has a BFA in metals from Tennessee Tech University's Appalachian Center for Craft. Smith is a working blacksmith in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Weeklong - July 15-20, 2018
Solid State Mokume Billets for Pattern Weld Knife Handles - $550
Ric Furrer & David Barnhill
Gain an understanding of both pattern welding and mokume. Rotate between the metals studio, creating mokume with David Barnhill, and the blacksmithing studio with Ric Furrer, creating pattern welded steel from 15N20 and 1095. The goal is to produce a small pattern welded knife with a mokume handle.
Ric Furrer, owner-operator of Door County Forgeworks in Wisconsin, crafts one-of-a-kind metalwork from iron, bronze, aluminum, stainless steel and titanium. Furrer forges gates, railings, knives and swords and teaches in his studio. He has been featured in documentaries for Nova and PBS about Viking swords, in particular about the Ulfberht, made from incredibly pure metal.
Weeklong - July 22-27, 2018
Pushing the Plane: Large Scale Repoussé - $550
Structure can be observed in everything—lines that form a bridge, stacking of scrap metal, the zigzag of a stairwell or alleyway. Learn to translate these observations into a two-dimensional plane using repoussé, pattern, and patina as a vocabulary. Repoussé is a technique that works metal from both sides to create a form, manipulating the material to its fullest expression. Bring ideas or examples of compositions as starting points for projects. Demonstrations will include forging, joinery, texturing, surface coloring, and limited tool making.
All skill levels
Rick Smith is an independent artist and professor of blacksmithing and metalsmithing at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. Smith has a rich history with many of the craft schools in the nation, having taught numerous workshops at schools like Haystack, Penland, and Appalachian Center for Craft. Smith specializes in repoussé, pattern welded steel, and rust as a surface treatment. The Mint Museum, North Carolina; Decorative Arts Museum, Arkansas; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota; and the Metal Museum, Tennesee; among others, have his work in their permanent collections.
Weekend - August 3-5, 2018
Forging Fundamentals - $300
Gain an introduction to basic blacksmithing techniques. Focus on fundamental principles with emphasis on control and accuracy. Gain plenty of practice with a series of small projects including hooks, utensils, and basic joinery.
Dan Randall has been involved in metalwork as a maker for more than twenty years and an educator for nearly half that time. Randall is currently a faculty member in the School of Art Craft and Design at Tennessee Tech University and oversees the metals and blacksmithing studios at the Appalachian Center for Craft.