In this introduction to traditional blacksmithing, participants learn to work with a forge, anvil, hammer, and other equipment to make useful, attractive items—furniture parts, small hardware, simple tools, and implements—out of steel.
Meghan leads the class through a series of set projects with an emphasis on safety, proper forging ergonomics, and hammer control. Through demonstration and hands-on practice, students learn
- forging procedures such as tapering, spreading, bending, upsetting, hot cutting, and punching;
- making cold connections with a drill press and rivets;
- refining with hand files and stationary sanders; and
- creating finishes and patinas.
Meghan Martin is a blacksmith and sculptor in western North Carolina. Her work ranges from wall art to functional objects for the home. Meghan initially trained in metalwork through the apprenticeship model, then completed a two-year Core Fellowship at Penland School of Craft. She is a two-time recipient of the Vermont Folklife Center’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant, and has taught blacksmithing at schools such as Haystack Mountain School of Craft. Recent exhibitions include “Industrial Art” at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, OR, and “Utilitarian – Tool Show” at the Blue Spiral 1 gallery in Asheville, NC. Meghan’s website is meghan-martin.com.
Open to all, including absolute beginners.