Workshops

To sign up for a workshop or ask questions please email me at LeslieTharpDesigns@gmail.com

 

An Evening by the Fire 

This 2 person workshop will walk you and a friend through basic blacksmithing techniques. You’ll learn how to operate a forge, heat steel stock to the appropriate temperature, and practice your hammer swing. I’ll teach you the tapering, twisting, and spiraling skills it takes to make an iron wall hook for your home. Each participant will apply these techniques by making their own wall hook.

Despite what you’ve been told, blacksmithing is not just for big bearded men. People of all shapes, sizes, and experiences are welcome to participate in this workshop. And who knows, An Evening by the Fire may even make a “hot” date night.

$75
2 person
2 hours

This evening class is offered on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30.

The cost covers your metal, safety gear, and access to blacksmithing tools. You must be  18 years or older and are required to sign a liability form.

 

 

Introduction to Welding

Take a 2 hour intensive private welding lesson at my shop. We’ll be talking safety, different welding technology, and learning to weld with a MIG welder. You will learn the techniques necessary to lay a structural weld, in several different joint shapes. This 2 hour lesson can be catered to learning with the material you plan to work with on future projects. I can also help you decided what your next step should be in learning to weld and what equipment is more cost effective for the beginner.

The lesson cost $50 for 2 hours I will provide all the safety gear and materials. You will need to wear jeans, closed toes shoes (preferably leather boots) and a long sleeves cotton shirt. No synthetic fabrics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blacksmithing Basics

The Blacksmithing Basics Workshop is still being developed and will be offered soon.

$100 per person
4 person workshop
6 total hours over the course of 2 days

This 2 day workshop will offer 4 participants ample opportunity to learn the basics to being a blacksmith. Each participant will have a total of 6 hours to learn how to light and maintain a coal fired forge. The differences in blacksmithing hammers and which type is right for you. Forging techniques including how to taper, upset, twist, flatten, spread, spiral and hook metal stock. Along with the inside scoop on how to get started creating your own shop to practice your skills at home. This is a hands on workshop and is designed to teach techniques as well as to provide plenty of practice time.

The cost of this workshop covered metal, safety gear, and access to blacksmithing tools. Each participant must be 18 years or older and are required to sign a liability form. You must wear jeans and closed toed shoes to participate.

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