Blacksmithing Workshops

In 2018, 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 their hand at metal working with a coal-burning forge. To make reservations, call 281-343-0218 extension 220 between 9 and 5 Tuesday – Saturday.

 

Blacksmithing Sampler

Looking to get your feet wet with some basic blacksmithing skills? This introductory class is geared toward beginners and is a shorter take on our 7-hour class. We will cover fire-building and maintenance, shop safety, tools, equipment and hammer control. Students will get hands-on experience while working on a small project 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.

Dates: None scheduled for Fall 2018
Times: Times vary. Please check with the Visitor Center for workshop times.
Location: 
Blacksmith Shop (Meet at George Ranch Historical Park’s Visitor Center)
Instructors: Caitlen Hill, 1890s Site Lead and Blacksmith
Cost: $30
Number of participants: Maximum: 4
Restrictions: Ages 17 and up

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:

  • Saturday, September 8, 9am-4pm
  • Saturday, October 6, 9am-4pm

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: $150
Number of participants: Maximum: 4
Restrictions: Ages 17 and up

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:  Saturday, September 29, 9am-4pm

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: $150
# of participants: Maximum: 4
Restrictions: Ages 17 and up

Blacksmithing For The Home

Are you curious to learn how the objects you see around the George Ranch were made? Starting with an overview of forging, this class will cover the basics of making objects for the home, both inside and out. This may include objects such as bookends, grilling tools, candlesticks, racks, hooks, stands, bottle openers and fire tools.

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.

Date: None scheduled for Fall 2018
Times: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Blacksmith Shop (Meet at the George Ranch Historical Park Visitor Center)
Instructors: Caitlen Hill, 1890s Site Lead and Blacksmith
Cost: $160
Number of participants: Maximum: 4
Restrictions: Ages 17 and up. Must have prior blacksmithing class experience.


RESERVATIONS:

Call the George Ranch Historical Park at (281) 343-0218 or email info@georgeranch.org to make reservations or learn more about the 2018 blacksmithing classes.

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