New England School of Metalwork
7 Albiston Way Auburn, Maine 04210
Toll Free 888-753-7502
Fax 207-514-8109

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Current Course Offerings 2018

Current Course Offerings     


     We pride ourselves on offering you a wide array of nationally known, professional artist and craftsmen spanning all areas for you to choose from. Workshops run from 8 am to 5 pm daily with a one hour break for lunch (if you can stay away from the forge that long). Most of the blacksmithing and bladesmithing workshops offered run 4 to 5 days in length. For most courses featuring a visiting instructor in the summer time, we cater a full New England style Lobster bake and have a slide show on the feature instructor. Visit our Student Gallery to see the wonderful groups of students and their work from past years.  

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.


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 students in a class with the greatest comfort and potential for thier success and safety. These skill levels are preferred for classes to function at their best. We strongly recommend you place yourself in a workshop that best suits your skill level.


Beginner: Little to no experience. Having never lit 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.