Friday, October 1, 2010

Space left in our first round of classes!

We've filled a few classes so far (thank you!) but still have space available in these two classes:

Blacksmithing Basics (If I Had a Hammer...)
If you had a hammer, would you use it to drive a nail? Or, would you use it as a means to discover the fundamentals of forging iron? This course is designed to ignite your passion for blacksmithing and to introduce you to the seemingly endless ways of expressing yourself by shaping iron with fire and hammer. You’ll gain basic knowledge of iron and its characteristics, and understanding of the dynamics of forging, and the ability to safely shape iron with heat and a hammer. You’ll have the opportunity to learn by making basic forging tools and then use those tools to make some really cool stuff !

Please bring or wear the following personal protective equipment to class: safety glasses, gloves, steel toed shoes or boots, all cotton clothing with long sleeves. A Nomex lab jacket or leather apron is advisable.

Instructor: David Mariette

Mondays, October 11 - December 13, 6 - 9 p.m., $340

Oxy-Acetylene Found Object Sculpture
This beginning class will focus on applying Oxy-Acetylene welding techniques to the fabrication of a sculptural project. Oxy-fuel cutting, welding and brazing processes will be covered. Learn the limitations and benefits of these processes through the design and fabrication of your own work of art. Discover scrap metal! Methods for identifying metals, surface preparation for scrap welding, along with aesthetic and protective surface treatments for finishing pieces will be covered. Additionally, we will touch on the history of art welding so that you develop an understanding of the art form’s past as well as the tools to inspire its future.

Please bring or wear the following personal protective gear to class: safety glasses, welding gloves and head covering. Attendance at the first class session is required, as important safety information will be presented.

Instructor: Heather Doyle/Ryan Salmon

Wednesdays, October 13 - December 15, 6 - 9 p.m., $320

To register, please call us at 612.294.0400 or email  If you don't reach us, please leave your contact info and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

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