Forging AHEAD to "Traditional"

"Refining your basic skills"


Aislinn Lewis

Class runs: September 11-14

Tuition: $550

Material fee: $50

Skill level: Seasoned Beginner and up, previous beginners course needed


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       Developing the ability to cleanly and accurately shape iron and steel is, and always has been, central to success in the art of blacksmithing. The tools to achieve this are numerous, but essential are the hammer, the anvil, and a trained eye. When you look at early work it embodies a “workmanlike manner”; a skilled and thorough understanding of their materials and tools. Utilitarian objects like spatulas, spoons, forks, hooks, hinges, and door pulls all show a competence with the hammer and an eye for proportion that is worth emulating. This class will focus on the development of basic forging techniques through forms common to an Early American context, such as cooking implements and building hardware. Students will work through a series of these objects aimed at building confidence in their ability to direct the metal with the hammer, anvil, and a few other basic tools. The class will be aimed at a seasoned beginner who wants to hone their hammer skills and train their eye to judge form and dimension quickly and accurately, and make some useful items in the process!



      Aislinn Lewis is from Virginia and got started in blacksmithing at a small historic site near her when she was in high school. She also got involved with the local Heathsville Forge Blacksmith Guild, and worked alongside the members of the guild for several years. She then attended the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston, SC, studying with Jay Close and Richard Guthrie, and earning a Bachelors of Applied Science in Ornamental Ironwork. After this she served a five year apprenticeship in the Anderson Blacksmith Shop in Colonial Williamsburg under Ken Schwarz, and now works as a Journeyman smith in that shop. She is passionate about the continuation of the trade and understanding the history of it through studying and applying traditional techniques.

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