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Hands-on Blacksmith Classes in Indiana.

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Brown County Forge Classes - Bloomington Indiana


Beginner Blacksmithing Classes - Indiana - Brown County Forge
Fire pokers with twists.

This is a 2-3 hour class covering the blacksmithing skills of drawing out, upsetting, bending, quenching, and scrolling.

You will hand-forge a project to take home using our anvils, hammers, tongs, and forge. Past projects have been fire pokers, wall hooks, S hooks, bottle openers, and keychains.

All equipment, including safety equipment, is provided.

  • Great for Birthdays, Father’s Day, Bachelor Parties, and Christmas Gifts!

See what past students have to say about Brown County Forge on the Reviews Page.


Time:   2 PM – 5 PM (single session – dates below)

Size:   1 – 2 people (up to 4 by special arrangement)

Cost:  $120 per person

2020 Dates

April: Classes rescheduled due to public health emergency.

May: Fully Booked.

June: 28

July: 5, 12, 19

Ready to Book a Class/Have Questions?

Email Terran (the owner) at

Find out what taking a class at Brown County Forge is like here.


(Our Most Popular Class)

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“This is awesome!” – Alex S.

  • In this knife making class, we go through the process of hand-forging blades. 
  • You will start with raw material (railroad spikes) and hammer out a knife you designed.
  • Important: You don’t need past experience to forge a knife of your own.

      In class, you will learn:

          • How to forge a knife from start to finish
          • Techniques in blacksmithing
          • When to Harden Steel
          • Why and How to Quench
          • The Purpose of Tempering
          • How to Grind Knife Profiles
          • Hand-sharpening techniques

      You will leave the class with a knife you forged

      Railroad Spike Knife - Brown County Forge

      You can see photos of hundreds of student projects on our Facebook Page:
      See what past students have to say about Brown County Forge and Terran Marks as an instructor on the Reviews Page.


      Time:   2 PM – 6 PM (single session  – dates below)

      Size:   1 – 3 people (up to 4 by special arrangement)

      Cost:  $220 per person

      2020 Dates

      April: Classes rescheduled due to public health emergency.

      May: Fully Booked.

      June: Fully Booked.

      July: 4

      August: 1, 22, 29

      Ready to Book a Knife Class/Have Questions?

      Email Terran (the owner) at


      Private Knife Making Classes in Indiana - Brown County Forge

      Your 2-day private knife class is a chance to gain the skills of knife making.

      From learning how to select the right carbon steel to creating your knife to heat treating and finally handling, it’s all hands-on.

      You can come to class with no previous experience and walk away with a great-looking, fully functional knife. (Guaranteed by 670+ successful student projects since January 2016.)

      Brown County Forge is fully equipped with belt grinders, woodworking tools, heat treating equipment, and of course anvils and forges.

      We use high carbon 1084 tool steel for our knives.


      Size: 2 – 4 people (minimum of 2 people required)

      Time: Expect to spend at least 6 hours over the course of two days

      Cost: $395 per person

      Limited spots available each season. Please contact the shop to apply.

      Making a Chef's Knife - Brown County Forge

      Where are Blacksmith Classes Held?

      Blacksmith Classes are held at:

      Brown County Forge

      611 W. 11th Street

      Bay 18

      Bloomington, Indiana 47404



      • Is there an age limit at Brown County Forge?

      All students must be at least 14 years old with a parent or guardian present.

      • Can I book a weekday class?

      Sometimes weekends get busy! If you’d like to secure an appointment during the week, it’s as simple as:

      1. Sending an email to:

      We can talk about available dates and get you swinging hammers in no time!

      • Will I be able to complete the project?

      Yes! Every student completes their project by the end of class.

      Terran has taught hundreds of people how to do this with a 100% success rate.  

      Your finished project will be both functional and it’ll look good!

      Legal Details and Age Requirements

      Accident Waiver and Release of Liability

      A signed accident and liability waiver is required before forging. Forms are provided when you arrive at the shop.

      Age Requirements

      If you are under 18, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Your parent or guardian is not required to take the class with you, but they must stay on-site.

      Minimum age is 14 years old.

      Cancellation and Refund Policy

      Let’s work together to reschedule a class!

      Contact me here to reschedule:

      If you have to cancel please do it at least 2 weeks before your class date. This allows me time to fill your spot(s). 

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