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Introduction to Blacksmithing – WDM Corporate Office

Blacksmithing student bends over the anvil, using a ball pien hammer to tap on the head of an orange hot metal punch

Since 1988, the allure of fire in the forge and the mystery of shaping hot metal have drawn curious learners to explore this trade at the WDM. The WDM is committed to preserving both artifacts, the tools that prairie blacksmiths used, and the techniques of blacksmithing practiced by prairie ‘smiths and farmers. We have now taught over 100 Introduction to Blacksmithing courses.

“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

Introduction to Blacksmithing is a weekend course. It takes place on Friday evening from 6:30 – 9:30 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. The first evening is spent learning the history of blacksmithing as well as about the shop, tools and safety. Saturday and Sunday are a mix of instruction and hands-on work. Basic forging techniques, including flattening, squaring, splitting, bending and welding, are taught and practiced by making take-home projects. Each class is limited to 10 participants, so there are lots of opportunities to ask questions and get one-on-one assistance when needed.

NOTE: Participants must be 16 years of age or older at the time of the course. We also recommend that participants be in good physical condition as participants will be on their feet most of the time and there is a lot of hammer swinging.

“This was well run and organized. I would recommend this to anyone.” 2018 Course Participant

“Great job by all the instructors, they were great to work with. Each one had a great sense of humour which made it easier to work with. Very helpful & encouraging.” 2017 Course Participant

Introduction to Blacksmithing Course Dates, Cost, & Location

Location: WDM Corporate Office, Saskatoon

Cost: 
$340 for WDM Members and volunteers in good standing
$400 for non-members

Dates: TBA. Courses typically take place in December, January, February and March.

    Friday evening: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Sunday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Notification List

Information about upcoming WDM blacksmithing courses will be emailed to our notification list in mid-September of each year.  This does NOT guarantee you a spot in a course.


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For more information, please contact us at 1-306-934-1400 or email us.

“Awesome. The most fun I’ve had in a while.”
2016 Course Participant

“Absolutely exceeded my expectations – everyone was fantastic and really made me comfortable. Awesome time!!”
2016 Course Participant

More Blacksmithing

Early graduates of this course formed the Saskatchewan Chapter of the Western Canadian Blacksmiths’ Guild. Contact the Guild for coal, tools, experienced mentors, or a community of like-minded ‘smiths.

 

Other Blacksmithing Courses

NOTE: The WDM does not endorse or recommend any of the courses listed below. We provide information and listings only which we hope are helpful to folks looking to learn about the craft of blacksmithing. If you know of a course not listed, please let us know.


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