Introduction to Blacksmithing

In this one-day workshop, you will receive a comprehensive introduction to the craft of blacksmithing and leave with your own hand made tools. We will cover basic techniques in the forging of your own campfire tools and coat hooks. Students will be able to personalize their pieces, so each tool is unique to your aesthetic. This is a physically demanding craft, and students should expect to get their hands dirty.

If you have taken my course before, please consider letting other students have the opportunity first. Students are advised not to wear synthetic clothing, and leather aprons/work gloves are encouraged. Eye protection will be provided and is to be worn at all times. A safety waiver will be required to sign before the workshop begins.

1 Full Day Workshop both on Sat & Sun (6hrs) each day

Participants each day: 4

Cost: $135

Graham Van Houten

Graham van Houten is a visual artist who has been studying blacksmithing and bladesmithing since 2018. He graduated from OCADU in 2007, and maintained a practice and studio in Toronto for a decade, branching into illustration. In 2018 he took a one day workshop on axe making and was immediately taken with the craft. In 2019 he attended the Haliburton School of Art and Design, living in a small cabin for the winter. His focus on blacksmithing brought together his love for art & design, traditional skills, the outdoors, science and history. In 2020 he began working as an apprentice to Douglas Morlock, immeasurably benefiting from his years of experience and expertise. Graham hopes to pass on his love for this once ubiquitous craft through teaching and demonstrating traditional metal artistry.

Registration Opens March 1st @ 10:00 am

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