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Date(s) - 03/16/2020 - 03/26/2020
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bay Path Technical High


Blacksmithing is offered as part of the evening adult education program at the Baypath Vocational Technical High School starting March 2. Two spots out of 4 are still open in this intermediate class. The beginners class generally sells out immediately. 
Mondays, March 2 – April 13 (No class on April 6) 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Course Fee $299  + Materials fee $25 cash at first class.
See online catalog for further school details and to sign up. 
Catalog text:
15-020 Building on the Basics: Door Hardware Our next course aimed at challenging and advancing your basic blacksmithing skills now takes an historical turn as students forge a set of traditional strap hinges and a handle ‘n’ latch assembly. The class will emphasize design, planning and the methodical working of hot metal. The hardware can be adapted to work on a standard size door or garden gate. Students can employ traditional decorative motifs or give the hardware a more contemporary look. We will put to work your drawing, upsetting, bending, twisting and punching skills and now add forge welding to your smithing repertoire as well. To enroll in this course, you must have received at least 12 hours of formal blacksmithing instruction or bring substantial previous experience. If you have taken one of the basic blacksmithing courses offered at the Bay Path Evening School, you satisfy this requirement. If you want to apply some previous experience, you can sign up but you will need to talk to the instructor before your registration is final. Materials fee: $25 (cash only) payable to the instructor on the first night. A list of special equipment will be sent to each student prior to the start of class. Class is limited to 4 students. 6 weeks/18 hours
Instructor John Stevens brings 25 years of experience to teaching the ancient art of blacksmithing. For 20 years he has operated the Dancing Hammer Forge in Spencer where he designs, crafts and installs one-of-a-kind architectural metalwork, including railings, furniture and lighting. He originally learned his trade at the Turley Forge School of Blacksmithing in Santa Fe, New Mexico and later honed his skills in the blacksmith’s shop in costume at Old Sturbridge Village. Over the past 15 years he has taught blacksmithing and metalworking at Old Sturbridge Village, Brookfield Center for Crafts, Tower Hill Botanic Garden and Worcester Center for Crafts. His work can now be seen on Instagram at dancing_hammer_spencer

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