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Start with a bar of high carbon steel and learn the basics of material selection, forging, shaping, heat treating, and grinding. Choose to leave your handle as forged, or wrap it with natural cordage. This workshop is suitable for anyone from the beginner, to someone who has some forging skills, and wants to learn to craft a simple "brut de forge" style blade. Class size is limited to six.
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Athens Forge

   Athens Forge is one of 9 chapters of the Alabama Forge Council (AFC) located in Athens Alabama. We are part of a non-profit organization that promotes the knowledge and skills of blacksmithing. Our chapter conducts meetings on the 4th Saturday of each month at Travis Fleming's Artistic Anvil Blacksmith shop located at 208 Commercial Drive, Athens, AL. Meetings consists demonstrations with plenty of experienced blacksmiths available to assist and answer questions. 




Explore all the basic skills needed to pursue the craft of blacksmithing in this introductory level class. You will learn about col fire management, hammer control and forging techniques such as drawing out, upsetting, punching, spitting and drifting metal. you can expect to complete a small project that has sample of the various techniques. Student  will learn the basic understanding of the type of steel metal uses, its basic compound and durability in a variety of projects. You will learning the basics of tempering and hardening steel, basic knowledge in processes with coal as well as gas forge, and the variety of tools found in the blacksmith shop.

       Class size is limited to 2 student per class.

                                       Class is offered on Saturday or Sunday 9-2pm.  

                Cost $100.00,  deposit required.                   

For more information, cost and available class times email Harry Black at or call 208-954-1078. 



Beadology Iowa opened as Dawn’s Hide & Bead Away in 1987.  In August of 2008, the store was sold to current owners Karen and Laurel Kubby.

The store is full of beads from around the world:  stone, pearl, metal, organic, glass, crystal, and one-of-a-kind flamework beads.  We carry jewelry findings, tools, and beadwork supplies.  Custom and repair work is a staff favorite.  All finished jewelry is made in house.  There is an extensive class list that includes wirework, stringing, knotting, flamework, borosilicate glass work, precious metal clay, seed bead weaving, and metal work.

We pride ourselves on creating a respectful, supportive, and nonjudgemental atmosphere in which jewelry designers–from beginners to professionals–can thrive.  This is done in the spirit of collaboration and community building; offering support, instruction, stellar customer service, and a quality product line.


Beginner Blacksmithing with Craig Kaviar

Kentucky artist/blacksmith Craig Kaviar is opening his workshop to teach a Beginner Blacksmith Class. Working in his studio, students will get hands-on experience working on coal, natural gas and his unique waste vegetable oil forge. While learning basic techniques the students will make several items for themselves including J hooks, nails, leaves (for keychains) and finally a forge welded fireplace poker.

Classes are generally offered one to two times a year. Because of the nature of the working space and safety, classes are limited to 10 students. A session of classes is 5 consecutive Saturdays from 9am-12pm. The cost is $425 which includes all materials.  Payment in full and a completed registration form are required to ensure a spot. 

Students are expected to have their own safety equipment; gloves, leather shoes and eye protection are required. Students are also required to use ear protection which will be provided. The Forge does supply all needed tools and materials for each project but you are welcome to bring your own.

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Bench offers a rotating variety of classes in hands-on trades.

Bench is a public woodworking shop, co-working space, and artisan hub. We offer hobbyists and professional makers the community, equipment, and space they need to build great things. We provide hands-on classes on a monthly basis, and monthly memberships that allow you to access to our shared workshop, "the Factory Floor" and co-working space, "the Studio Commons" ! 

Around here, you'll see people working in disciplines such as Woodworking, Screen Printing, Metal Smithing, Ceramics, Photography, Coffee Roasting, and more.