Our Blacksmithing Program
The Metalsmithing studio at the New England School of Metalwork has been designed to integrate both traditional and contemporary where we run both a Blacksmitrhing and Bladesmithign program. With full quantities of hand tools and equipment to accommodate up to six students, each of the six forging stations have both coal and gas forges, vise and anvil. Only a few steps away in any direction you will find treadle hammers and two pneumatic power hammers, hydraulic forging press, post vises, belt grinders and racks of hand tools. Our ever growing assortment of traditional hand and power tools provide a student with the tooling required for many processes. Always available to the experimental or direct metal sculptor are plasma cutters, Oxy-Fuel torches of heating, cutting, welding or brazing. We also have any form of electric welding available in multiple numbers. The diverse array of nationally known instructors provide students with many options and many disciplines of artistic metalwork. Safety is of great importance, a full leather shoe or boot is mandatory as well as full length pants. NESM will provide any necessary PPE needed including safety glasses, gloves, ear plugs, dust masks and face shields.
Since the New England School of Metalwork is solely dedicated to metalworking there is plenty of it. We do not charge lab fees, material fees or fuel cost. Our belief is that as a student practicing a trade should not be concerned about the cost of practice material. Students find themselves in an atmosphere of the practicing a trade and learning the art of metalsmithing. The New England School of Metalwork also offers some blacksmithing tools for sale, see our Items for Sale page for more details. Most courses run from 8am to 5pm daily with a one hour break for lunch.
As our goal is to instruct and educate people in the most comfortable atmosphere available, it is as important for students to take a class that fits them. The professional craftsmen we have instruct classes sometimes have specific levels to which the class or workshop is designed. There for we have developed a brief guide to help you define your skill level. You will see these skill level references attached to every blacksmithing class we offer.
Skill Level Guide: PLEASE READ !
It is very important for instructor and student alike to be able to identify skill levels. The following is meant to help place you in a class with the greatest comfort and potential for your success. These skill levels are preferred for classes to function at their best. We strongly recommend you place yourself in a workshop that best suites your skill level.
Beginner: Little to no experience. Having never light a fire or hit hot metal.
Seasoned Beginner: Having a few basic classes under your belt, competent and fairly proficient with all basic forging processes and the use/operation of the standard tools and equipment of the trade.
Intermediate: The above plus 3 years of part-time to full time in the forge and a good working knowledge/experimentation of joinery, forge welding and clean proficient forging of tapers, shoulders, drawing stock down to dimensions, spreading stock, layout and design.
Advanced: The above plus 4 years of more serious work, small to medium size projects, a proficient working skill base of joinery, forge welding, layout, completely proficient in all major forging processes.
Always Forging ahead !
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