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Blacksmithing Workshops

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The George Ranch Historical Park is offering a series of both basic and advanced blacksmithing classes for those industrious folks who have ever wanted to try metal-working with a coal-burning forge. To make reservations, call 281-343-0218 between 9 and 2 Thursday – Saturday.

Traditional Blacksmithing Skills I

Geared for beginners with little or no metal-working experience, this skills-oriented blacksmithing class will teach students about fire, shop safety, tools, equipment and basic forging skills, including drawing out, twisting, forge welding, punching and scroll work. Students will finish a few small items that they will be able to take home.

Participants must wear cotton or wool clothing (no synthetic materials) and closed-toe shoes. Students also must bring their own eye and ear protection. Costs of materials are included in the cost of class. All blacksmithing classes are a single 7-hour class with a lunch break. You are welcome to bring your lunch or come and go as you please within your 7-hour class period.

Dates:

  • February 20th, 2021

Times: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Blacksmith Shop (Meet at GRHP Visitor Center)
Instructors: Caitlen Hill, 1890s Site Lead and Blacksmith
Cost: $175
Number of participants: Maximum: 4
Restrictions: Ages 17 and up

RSVP by calling 281-343-0218 or emailing confirmations@georgeranch.org.

Traditional Blacksmithing Skills II

This 7-hour continuation course will help participants progress further in blacksmithing skills and practice. Topics include forge use and care, heat treating, annealing, quenching, normalization and tempering.  Students will make a project to take home. Students must wear cotton or wool clothing (no synthetic materials) and closed-toe shoes. Costs of materials are included in the cost of class. This class is open only to participants who have attended the Traditional Blacksmithing Skils I class or have previous forging experience.

Participants must wear cotton or wool clothing (no synthetic materials) and closed-toed shoes. Students also must bring their own eye and ear protection. Costs of materials are included in the cost of class.

Date:

  • TBA

Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Blacksmith Shop (Meet at the George Ranch Historical Park Visitor Center)
Instructors: Caitlen Hill, 1890s Site Lead and Blacksmith
Cost: $
# of participants: Maximum: 4
Restrictions: Ages 17 and up

RSVP by calling 281-343-0218 or emailing confirmations@georgeranch.org.


RESERVATIONS:

Call the George Ranch Historical Park at (281) 343-0218 or email info@georgeranch.org to make reservations or learn more about the blacksmithing classes.

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