White Hart Forge offers blacksmith classes at smithy, located in Oak Grove Oregon, near Portland.
The lessons are 95% hands on for the student with lots of anvil and hammer time. I start out by teaching how to hammer correctly. We use small projects that the student produces to learn the basic techniques. The student walks away with several projects like hooks; cooking tools; a set of their own tongs; chisel and punch. I try to save a few hours on the second day for an introduction to forge welding with coal.
The classes are set up for two seven hour classes. As my work schedule has changed all classes must be scheduled in advance.
Our advanced classes are more intensive and more attention is given to the subject. These advanced classes consist of: traditional joinery; coal forge welding techniques; animal heads; curves, spirals, scrolls and organic shapes and one weekend in bladesmithing. We also aid in and instruct in the lay-out of a working and hobby shop; building a working forge; selecting steel and recycling tool steel.
Tuition and Scheduling
Tuition for these classes is $400.00 for two days and covers all the tools and class materials the student will need. All students must be at least 18 years of age. Advanced classes are given to those students who have completed the beginning course or with instructors approval. Class size is limited to insure quality instruction. Space is reserved with the deposit of half the class fee in advance so sign up early, or pay online.
Currently our class schedule will consist of the basic introduction to Blacksmithing techniques. Other classes include : Make your own Thor’s Hammer; introduction to traditional joinery; forge welding applications; tool making for the Smithy.
SCHEDULING: At this time classes will be held Monday and Tuesday through the summer of 2014. The first 2 weeks (4 and 5, 11 and 12) of August and September( 1 and 2, 8 and 9) will be set aside for Intro to Blacksmithing Techniques.
Tuesday August 19, will be Traditional Mjolnirs or Thor’s Hammer – A one day class for $200.00.
Tuesday August 26th will be Tool Making for the Smithy. This is a one day class for $200.00.
Tuesday September 22 will be a Mjolnir – Thor’s Hammer making day. Students will get to make three types of Thor’s Hammer pendants and one fire striker. Cost is $200 for the day. For this class students should have a the basic intro to blacksmithing techniques or instructor’s consent.
Tuesday September 29 will be a class in basic introduction to knife making. For this class students should have a the basic intro to blacksmithing techniques or instructor’s consent.
For students coming from out of the Portland area, there are many excellent B &B’s, hotels or motels nearby. Please ask if you have any questions regarding lodging, or good places to visit while you’re here.
I’ve had a lot of great people come through the doors of my Smithy and they have helped teach me just as much about this craft as I impart to them. To teach successfully, one must become a student again. Also, I am indebted to my own teacher who helped me get started and instilled within me a love and respect for the craft. My students can tell you that he shows up on a regular basis during class.
Thank you Geronimo Bayard my mentor and teacher!
To get an idea of what a typical blacksmithing class is like here at White Hart Forge, check out some of our previous students in action…
I wanted to write you and let you know how much I thoroughly enjoyed my blacksmith class I took with you. You are a truly gifted and patient teacher and artist. I came to you with limited knowledge and skills in metalworking and left your “smithy” with a strong foundation in which I can build my skills upon. I know now that I really am only limited by my imagination and that I can create (with metal) anything I see in my mind. Your class is structured as to allow the beginner to conquer their fears and feel confident enough to pursue blacksmithing as a hobby or even as a career. I can’t wait to return to Oregon and see you and Heidi again and so that I may further my skills with your advanced classes.”
-Candice Stephens, ’09 Alumnus
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