Cascadia Center For Arts and Crafts is pleased and proud to be able to offer a wide variety of Blacksmith and Metal Arts classes for all skill levels from some of the top blacksmiths in the Pacific Northwest. Learn ornamental Blacksmith techniques from Master Blacksmith Darryl Nelson, or take advanced classes from some of our many guest instructors. Be sure to attend Blacksmith Week – the largest and best blacksmith show in the Northwest every August. Safety glasses, tools and materials are provided.
All tools are provided but we recommend that folks bring bring their own safety equipment (gloves,ear protection, safety glasses, apron). They can also bring any of their own hand tools they would like (hammers, tongs, chisels, etc) but we provide everything needed.
When: August 14th - 18th
Where: Summit Arts Center Government Camp
Register at the door. $45 One Day or $90 for the whole event. We recommend you reserve your Mt.Hood lodging early. Visit our Housing Page for local options. Parking is available for RV's and trailers. Must check in with registration tent BEFORE setting up. Camping is readily available both in and off site. Recommendations available at the registration tent. All camping is free. No solid fuel fires or bbqing allowed… propane is fine.
- Wednesday, August 14th: Get campsite early, come and hang out.
- Thursday, August 15th: at Noon, Joe Elliott will be doing the hands-on demonstration. Participants will be able to work on their hands-on project throughout the rest of the weekend.
- Friday, August 16th: 9AM-Noon - Morning demonstration. 1PM-4PM afternoon demonstration.
- Saturday, August 17th: 9AM-Noon - Morning demonstration. 1PM-4PM afternoon demonstration.
- Sunday, August 18th: 9AM- Noon - Morning demonstration.
When: August 16th - 19th 2018
Where: CCAC Blacksmith Shop
Register at the door.
- Individual One Day - $45.00
- Individual Entire Event - $90.00
- Student (valid ID req.) One Day - $30.00
- Student (valid ID req.) Entire Event - $60.00
- Family One Day - $60.00
- Family Entire Event - $120.00
9/16 Thursday - All day - Arrival and open forge for group sculpture project.
Dusk - opening firepit ceremony.
8/17 Friday - 9-noon - Heather Mclarty demo
12-2 - lunch break
2-5 - Gary Eagle demo
Evening - open forge and fire pit
8/18 Saturday - 9-noon - Heather Mclarty demo
12-2 - lunch break
2-5 - Gary Eagle demo
6pm - potluck style community dinner (bring something to share)
Evening - open forge and fire
8/19 Sunday - 9-noon - Leslie Tharp demo
Parking is available for rvs and trailers. Must check in with registration tent BEFORE setting up. Camping is readily available both in and off site. Recommendations available at the registration tent. All camping is free. No solid fuel fires or bbqing allowed... propane is fine. Check our Housing Page for other local options.
Level 2 Class - 5 Students Minimum: 6 Maximum
Dates: Aug 20-21
Times: Class starts at 9:00 and runs 'til 5:00 with an hour for lunch.
Class Description: This two day workshop will focus on designing, forging and assembling a framed wall panel. This class allows for a fair amount of personal creativity as each panel can be totally unique. Students will practice developing their design skills and sense of aesthetic, work at forging the various elements that will make up their individual panel and then use traditional joinery to complete the assembly. Gary has been making (and teaching folks how to make) these panels for years and will serve as the perfect coach and mentor to boost students design and forging skills.
Level 2-3 Class - 5 Students Minimum : 6 Maximum
Dates: July 19-20-21
Times: 9am – 5pm with lunch break
Class description: Roberto Giordani is a world class blacksmith hailing from Italy. He is traveling and teaching in the US this summer and is offering a three day workshop at Cascadia Center for Arts and Crafts this July. The workshop is a collaborative sculptural piece - each student forges an element and then all the elements are connected through traditional (and intriguing!) joinery methods. See Roberto's sketch below. This is a rare opportunity to forge and learn with a master smith in a small group setting - and a stunning setting at that! Come enjoy the cool mountain temps on the flanks of beautiful Mount Hood and learn something new about moving hot steel. Space is limited so register today! Students should bring their own safety goggles, hearing protection and gloves.
Cost - $475.00
Son of an artisan blacksmith, since he was a baby he spend long amount of time in his father’s workshop. After finishing school, he starts working in “mechanical plant yards” and “heavy metal carpentry”.
His interests in forging and in wrought iron bring him to attend and actively participate to training courses, exhibitions and live demonstrations of many forging masters and wrought iron artists (Toni Beneton, Angelo Bartolucci and Alfred Habermann). He consolidates the intention of transforming the acquired knowledge and abilities into a lifestyle and occupation.
From 2002 Roberto lives in an old cottage on Romagna hills and he works in his shop next to his home. He hosts students and artists from many nations for internships and training courses. He also organizes events for spreading his works and of other artists.
He’s also invited to teach courses and to demonstrate. I.e. in Claudio Bottero School in Stia he teaches metal sculpture and non-ferrous metal forging, in Barcellona, he teaches a course of introduction to sculpture, showing Angelo Bartolucci techniques, in collaboration with Forja Viva association.
His artistic research and experimentation brings him to use non-metallic materials for sculpting.
In January 2014 he founds the “Arts Factory” international academy involving many artists in the project.
His works are showed in Czech Republic, United States, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Morocco, Germany and in many Italian cities.
Our Facilities – The Blacksmith Shop