Classes

class schedule

Class Schedule

Class Descriptions

Forging Damascus billet on Power Hammers

This six hour class is offered twice, once on Friday afternoon and once on Saturday. It is open to all skill levels. Each student, sharing a power hammer with another student, will forge their own 150 layer Fire Storm pattern Damascus billet. The steel combination is 1095 carbon steel with 15n20. The billet will yield 3-4 knives, once completed. Minimum age to participate is 16 with parental attendance.

Please read the additional requirements at the bottom of the Class Page.

Welding 101 Aluminum and steel

This class will provide students who have no experience welding with some basic knowledge and skill welding steel and aluminum. Those students who have experience can expect to leave with more knowledge, skill and confidence. Minimum age to participate is 14.

Please read the additional requirements at the bottom of the Class Page.

Forging chisels and punches

Blacksmiths make all kind of things. We make beautiful decorative things. They also make useful things like hinges, hardware and sharp things like knives and axes, but what blacksmiths make the most, is tools to make these other articles. Some tools require other tools like welders and saws or drills but, at its most basic level, smiths make many of their tools with nothing more than a hammer, something to pound on, and some way to heat the metal.

This is what this class will focus on, making punches and chisels with nothing more than a hammer, anvil and forge. You will learn how to select the types of steel that will make good tools - with low cost and durability in mind. Also, you will learn how to heat treat the stock in order to create tools that not only work well but hold up to the abuse you'll subject them to.

Instructor, Mark Hendersen, is excited to join you in this simple but effective adventure in blacksmithing. This three hour class is open to all skill levels though, minimum age to participate, is 14. The class is offered Saturday morning.

Please read the additional requirements at the bottom of the Class Page.

Twist Hook

Students will transform a straight stick of steel into a functional, yet decorative, hook. As they do so, they will practice many of the foundational skills of blacksmithing; hammer control, use of the anvil, proper forging heat, drawing the steel to a point, tapering, twisting, punching and scrolling. Minimum age to participate is 12. It is open to all skill levels. This two hour class is offered late Saturday afternoon.

Please read the additional requirements at the bottom of the Class Page.

Tree of Life Wire-wrap pendant

This two hour class is offered twice on Saturday, once in the morning, once in the afternoon. Each student will learn how to create their own wire wrapped Tree of Life pendant. Using hand tools, we will learn how to shape copper into the outer form that will hold your Tree of Life. Then each student will twist and shape their own tree using their hands. Each Tree of Life will be very unique, as each individual is unique. Each student will leave the class with a pendant of their own design.


No experience needed. Ages 10 and up may participate.


All copper and beads included in cost. Hand tools will be provided for use during class.

The Perfect Grind Workshop

This six hour class is offered twice, once on Friday afternoon and once on Saturday. It is open to all skill levels but minimum age to participate is 16.


In this class, students will be provided with a 1095 high carbon knife blank of Charly Mann's design. This classic shaped knife will provide the basic challenges to grinding as a new maker. If you are a hands on learner, this is your class!


  • We will discuss creating knife designs of your own, and the most common knife shapes or styles.

  • Teach drilling and profiling steel stock, eliminating common mistakes made during this step in the process.

  • You will mark center line around entire blank, then use a 2x72 belt grinder to grind both bevels, cut in choil and some basic file work.

  • Together, we will do a Differential Heat Treat (creating a Hamon) on your blade. You will go home with a Machine finished Trinity Drop.

  • Finally, the instructor will demonstrate his Hamon polishing process and Tempering cycles that you can easily finish at home.


This class is appropriate for all skill levels. (age 16+)


Wear a non-flammable (high cotton content) long sleeved shirt, long pants, and closed-toe, leather shoes. We highly recommend wearing a respirator or facemask to our grinding classes. We do not provide them so please bring your own. Be prepared to be dirty! A wide brimmed hat or baseball cap is recommended while working at the grinder. Safety Glasses will be provided and are required!

Please read the additional requirements at the bottom of the Class Page.

Tong Forging

This intermediate level, five hour class is offered Friday afternoon. Tongs are an essential tool for a blacksmith. Students will learn one method to making a set of bolt tongs from start to finish. The techniques learned will instill in students the ability to build other sizes and shapes of tongs on their own. Minimum age to participate is 15.

Please read the additional requirements at the bottom of the Class Page.

Propane Forge Workshop

This three hour workshop is offered twice, once on Friday afternoon and once on Saturday afternoon. Everything is supplied to assemble a single burner, propane gas forge. Additionally, the experience gained should allow you to safely and knowledgably build future forges. Minimum age to participate is 14. The forge and knowledge of how to build forges is yours to keep!

life-like botanical forms

This three-hour class is offered on Saturday. Under the direction of Gordon Williams, students will forge four different styles of leafs; a single veined leaf, a grape leaf, an oak leaf, and an acanthus leaf. Minimum age to participate is 14.

Please read the additional requirements at the bottom of the Class Page.

forging animal heads

This six hour class will be held on Friday afternoon. Under the direction of Gordon Williams, students will forge from raw mild steel a horse head, a dog head and a longhorn steer. Each animal will be project ready, meaning once the animal head is complete, students can make it into a hook or other functional tool in the class if time allows. Minimum age to participate is 14.

Please read the additional requirements at the bottom of the Class Page.

BBQ Tool

In this two hour class, under the direction of Gordon Williams, students will learn and practice numerous basic blacksmithing skills including determining forging heat, making the anvil work for you, hammering a point, drawing a taper, rounding square stock, twisting the shank, turning the ends over the horn and, of course, hammer control. Minimum age is 12 for this class and it is open to all skill levels.

Please read the additional requirements at the bottom of the Class Page.

Plasma Art on Recycled Sawblades

Cindy Chinn, the Saw Lady, will be offering 30 minute, one on one classes cutting designs in recycled saw blades using a Hypertherm Powermax 30 XP Air plasma cutter. Students will have a variety of designs to choose from and will leave with new found knowledge and skill as well as the saw blade art they created.

Bottle Opener for Beginners

George Witzke will lead this hour long class that is perfect for ages 12 and up. Students will forge details of the horses face and mane into a pre-cut horse head shaped bottle opener. There is room for 6 students in this fun, beginner level class offered Saturday from 3-4pm for $40 per student.

Other Happenings

  • Forge a mighty, though miniature, sword - FREE activity for all ages, 1 per person

  • Compete in the Anvil Toss for $1 per toss. The winner in each age category gets a portion of the "pot" at the end of the day.

  • Compete in the "Hang 100 seconds, Win $100" contest. This contest is a chance to prove your metal while you test your hand strength.

  • Take a turn at the Tomahawk Toss run by Phat Ax of St George.

  • Meet Past Contestants from Forged in Fire TV Show (History Channel, Netflix)

  • Shop the Tailgate Tool & Equipment Sales

  • Browse the Craft Vendors Booths

  • Enjoy Tasty Treats from the Fantastic Food Trucks

  • Take part in the Silent Auction which includes Demo Pieces made at event. Auction will run from 3:00pm-5:30pm.

Registering for a Class? Read This

Required Waiver of Release and Liability

Any and all class participants must submit a legibly filled-out and signed Waiver and Release of Liability. If you are not able to print a release, please contact April at (575) 313-4650, and she will mail one to you or you can fill one out at the event. Failure to submit a completed and signed release will result in cancellation of your reserved spot in the class(es) you have reserved. The fifty percent (50%), non-refundable charge for class cancellation will apply. Click HERE to view and print.

Mail to: Blacksmith Adventures attn: April 2540 Hwy 89a Kanab, UT 84741

Required Clothing

With the exception of the Forge Building and Wire-Wrap Pendant classes, all class participants must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, preferably leather. Long sleeve, 100% cotton shirts are also recommended. (Synthetics can melt and stick to your skin)

Eye protection will be provided and is required. Feel free to bring and wear your own personal protection equipment including leather aprons, face shields, eye and ear protection, Kevlar gloves, welding hoods, and respirators (for the Blade Grinding class)

Definition of Intermediate

Due to the time-constraints of the classes, it is important that registrants for intermediate level classes possess a working knowledge of blacksmithing. Skills required will be forging tapers, fullering, upsetting and punching holes. You don't have to be an expert, instructors can teach you tips and tricks, but you do have to have the ability to do it unaided.

Additionally, the five and six hour classes will require some level of stamina to complete the projects in the time alloted. Please consider these things prior to signing up for an intermediate level class.

If you are unsure about your ability, reach out to April at (575) 313-4650. She can put you in touch with the instructor so you can discuss it.