Classes, Courses and Sessions

Open Shop Hours

Hello blacksmiths!  Open Shop Hours are for experienced blacksmiths that can demonstrate they have the skills to work unsupervised in the shop.  If you are new to Brunetta Blacksmithing you may be asked to show you can easily create basic shapes and have control of the anvil, hammer and forge. If you have taken a course under either Paul Brunetta or Mark Godfrey please let us know.

Each Open Shop is a 4 hour open forge session that will be hosted by Mark Godfrey or Earl Blackmore. The goal is to give each person ample access to the forge so classes are limited to 4 – 6 people. Be aware that in some cases you may be sharing the anvil with a fellow smith. Sessions are $40 and does not include materials or supplies. Feel free to bring your own hammer and tongs, otherwise we have plenty to share.  As always we ask that you be respectful of the shop, the Mastersmiths and your fellow blacksmiths during sessions and you will adhere to the safety rules and guidelines of the shop.  Ok now let’s get hammering!

June Open Shop Dates

  • Saturday June 1st       10 AM – 2PM or 2pm – 6pm
  • Saturday June 15th       10 AM – 2PM or 2pm – 6pm
  • Saturday June 22nd       10 AM – 2PM or 2pm – 6pm
  • Saturday June 29th          10 AM – 2PM or 2pm – 6pm 

Courses & Classes

At Brunetta Blacksmithing we offer several different types of classes, from basic blacksmithing to get you used to the hammer and anvil, to tool making, and eventually forge welding. We will also offer a beginning bladesmithing class (more on that to come).

 In Fall, we will offer a host of makers classes that range from beginners to advanced and focus on the completion of a product. This may include hooks, candle holders, bottle openers or even fireplace tools.  

Also in Fall, we will offer group nights where you and your friends can get hammered – the blacksmithing way.  So stay tuned for that as well! In the meantime, check out course descriptions and timing below.


Basic Blacksmithing Course

Our goals is to get you through the basics so you can come to Open Shop Hours and even get your own forge

Class One: The Points

Description: In this class you will learn the three basic shapes in blacksmithing, square point, chisel point, and round pt.  With these shapes you can make almost anything!

Takeaways: Nail Hook

Timing: 1 4-hour class

Cost: $60

Class Two: The Horn

Description: In this class you learn to use the horn of the anvil by making key shapes, S hook, unwelded eye, split link and chain staple. The chain staple and split link are necessary for Class Three and if not completed here, can be completed in that class.

Takeaways: Pot Hanger

Timing: 1 4-hour class 

Cost: $60

Class Three: The Gate

Description: In this final basic blacksmithing class you will make your first gate latches! This includes square latch and barbed gate hook.

Takeaways: Two Gate Latches

Timing: 1 4-hour class

Cost: $60

All beginning blacksmithing classes include time, materials, tools and safety equipment.  If you have your own, feel free to bring them to class.  All students are required to sign a waiver and to adhere to the safety requirements of the shop as well as listen and respond to the direction of the instructor. Students may sign up for one or all three courses. By completing these three classes students are able to attend any Open Shop Hours. Class space is limited to 4 people. Students under the age of 16 must have an adult in attendance. Classes are cash only at this time.  No refunds, however in some cases we can schedule additional shop dates for completion.

Basic Blacksmithing Course Dates

Full Course Dates: We try our best to accommodate everyone, however we strongly encourage students to take these classes in order unless there is prior experience.  We want to make sure classes are fun for everyone and there is time to learn at your own pace.

Group 1: 6/2, 6/16 and 6/23  – 10AM – 2PM or 2PM – 6PM $180

Group 2: 6/30, 7/7, 7/14 – 10AM – 2PM or 2PM – 6PM $180

Group 3: 7/21, 7/28, 8/4 – 10AM – 2PM or 2PM – 6PM $180

Individual Course Dates and Times

The Points:

6/2 10AM – 2PM

6/2 2PM – 6PM

6/30 10AM – 2PM

6/30 2PM – 6PM

7/21 10AM – 2PM

7/21 2PM – 6PM

The Horn:

6/16 10AM – 2PM

6/16 2PM – 6PM

7/7 10AM – 2PM

7/7 2PM – 6PM

7/28 10AM – 2PM

7/28 2PM – 6PM

The Gate:

6/23 10AM – 2PM

6/23 2PM – 6PM

7/14 10AM – 2PM

7/14 2PM – 6PM

8/4 10AM – 2PM

8/4 2PM – 6PM 

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