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Blacksmithing Workshops

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The George Ranch Historical Park is offering a series of both basic and advanced semi-private 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, semi-private 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.

Proceeds will go towards The George Ranch Historical Park’s mission is to deliver a compelling educational experience to students and the community through the history, legacy and land of a pioneer Texas family.

Dates:

  • February 26, 2022
  • April 23, 2022

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: $200
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 semi-private 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.

Proceeds will go towards The George Ranch Historical Park’s mission is to deliver a compelling educational experience to students and the community through the history, legacy and land of a pioneer Texas family.

Date:

  • March 5, 2022

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: $200
# 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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