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.
Saturday April 18, 2020 - 10am - 4pm $175.00 Max 6 Students.
Learn some blacksmithing fundamentals from Joe Vachon, the Season 6, Episode 27, Forged In Fire Champion, in this 1 day, hands on coarse. Safety, body mechanics, tools, and the working properties of hot steel will be addressed, as well as various techniques, such as: tapering, scrolling, twisting, bending, drilling, punching, hot cutting, flat peening, upsetting and shouldering. Students will start out practicing the basics with the forging of a few decorative hooks for the first half of the class. After lunch, folks are welcome to create something of their choosing with their new found skill-set, such as (but not limited to) a fire poker, meat turner, bottle opener, letter opener, necklace pendent, or an experimental piece. One hour lunch break.
Note about what to wear - Wear cotton pants and shirt (synthetics are flammable!). Make sure your pants fit over the tops of your boots so nothing hot can fall in. Safety glasses and ear plugs are available, or bring your own. Bringing your own leather gloves can be a good idea. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.
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.
Our Facilities – The Blacksmith Shop