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Blacksmith Workshops

Introduction to Blacksmithing


16+ years/two days, dates below/ $160


Tools, nails, and everyday items—blacksmiths made the objects that built early American communities. Explore the art of shaping metal using heat and force. Over the course of this two day, 12-hour introductory blacksmithing workshop, watch demonstrations by one of the few local master blacksmiths and make your own iron-forged tool using traditional methods.  Strike while the iron is hot; you won’t want to miss this chance to forge your own piece of history! Bring a reusable water bottle, lunch and a snack. Info: Kelly Palich  (410) 313-0423



16 yrs + Living Farm Heritage Museum Classes: 2 $160

RP9989.301 Introduction to Blacksmithing Apr 27 9am-3pm Sa,Su

RP9989.401 Introduction to Blacksmithing Aug 24 9am-3pm Sa,Su

RP9989.402 Intermediate Blacksmithing Jun 8 9am-3pm Sa,Su



How to Register

Program fees are established by determining the cost of supplies; fees for instructors, rentals, registrations and program administration; and the price of marketing in order to deliver high-quality programs at an affordable price.



Online registration opens one day before other methods each season: (an online account is required and may take up to 48 hours to approve).



Phone registration is available from 8 AM-4:30 PM, Monday-Friday: 410-313-7275 (voice/relay)






Howard County Recreation & Parks

7120 Oakland Mills Road

Columbia, MD 21046



Howard County Recreation & Parks Headquarters

7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia (8 AM-4:30 PM, Monday-Friday)


Gary J. Arthur Community Center

2400 Route 97, Cooksville (8 AM-8 PM, Monday-Saturday; 9 AM-5 PM, Sunday)


North Laurel Community Center

9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel (8 AM-8 PM, Monday-Saturday; 9 AM-5 PM, Sunday)


Robinson Nature Center

6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia (9 AM-5 PM, Wednesday-Saturday; Noon-5 PM, Sunday)


Roger Carter Community Center

3000 Milltowne Drive, Ellicott City (7 AM-10 PM, Monday-Saturday; 7 AM-9 PM, Sunday)





               Q). What is introduction to Blacksmithing?             A). An introductory class presenting basic blacksmithing techniques used for shaping ornamental iron and basic blacksmithing tools through a hands-on approach using traditional skills. Class will involve lecture, demonstration, hands-on exercises, and informal discussion.            Q).  What are the Class Objectives?            A).  The class objectives are instruction in safety, fire management, hammer skills, tool use and care, heat forming techniques, miscellaneous supporting blacksmithing tips, and some blacksmithing history. Students who complete this class should acquire fundamental knowledge and skills in blacksmithing.            Q).  What materials will I need to bring?            A).  All necessary materials are provided.            Q).  What equipment should I bring?            A).   Equipment and tools are provided (personal tools may be used with instructor approval).            Q).  What should I wear?            A).  Good leather boots or shoes (synthetics melt!!! No open toe shoes, sandals or flip-flops). Safety glasses are required (universal fit safety glasses or available for loan during the class). Natural fiber clothing must be worn (shirts and pants of cotton/wool preferred (synthetics melt!!!).            Q).  Is there anything else that I should bring?            A).  Bring your own lunch/snacks/ refreshments (bottled water is available for purchase). Notepad and pen/pencil. Leather work gloves (must be easily and quickly removable).      







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Blacksmith Workshops




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