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Business Hours:
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday - Friday

☎ 1-306-934-1400


George Shepherd Library

Training Courses


Introduction to Blacksmithing

Hammer striking hot metal on an anvil at a WDM blacksmith course

About the Course

The Western Development Museum is committed to preserving both artifacts, the tools that early prairie blacksmiths used, and the techniques of smithing practiced by early prairie smiths and farmers.

Since 1988, the allure of fire in the forge and the mystery of shaping hot metal have drawn curious learners to explore the old trade. We have now taught over 100 Introduction to Blacksmithing courses.

This introductory course is offered in a weekend format during the winter season. It is held at the WDM Curatorial Centre in Saskatoon. Basic forging techniques are taught, including flattening, squaring, splitting, bending and welding.

Early graduates of the course formed the Saskatchewan Chapter of the Western Canadian Blacksmiths Guild

NOTE: Participants must be 16 years of age or older at the time of the course.


"This was an excellent course and the instructors really know how to bring people with a range of skills along. Fantastic job! Thanks."
2015 Course Participant

Blacksmith at work

More Information:

For dates or to be put on the notification list for next year's courses, please contact us at 306-934-1400 or by email.






"It was very helpful for getting started, even a the most basic level." 2015 Course Participant

"Great course. Lots of fun! Very knowledgeable & friendly instructors as well." 2015 Course Participant