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Brown County Forge Classes - Bloomington Indiana

Interested in booking a blacksmithing class?

Brown County Forge offers in-person classes at the blacksmith shop in Bloomington:

    • Beginners Blacksmithing Classes – Weekend and Weekday Options
    • Knife Making Classes – Just 3 weekend spots left for 2024!

BEGINNERS BLACKSMITHING CLASS

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In the Beginners Blacksmithing class, you will learn how to hand-forge a project using a forge, anvil, hammers, and tongs.

We will cover each of the 5 fundamental blacksmithing skills.

This class is great for getting used to the heat and hammerwork involved in blacksmithing.

Each student takes home the project they created.

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

The Beginners Blacksmithing class is great for:

  • Anniversary Gifts
  • Bachelor Parties
  • Birthdays
  • Father’s Day Gifts
  • Retirement Gifts

CLASS DETAILS:

Duration: 2-hour Single session

Time: 1 PM – 3 PM

Size:   1 – 4 people

Min. Age:  14 years old (with parent or guardian present)

Cost:   $120 per person – Weekend Rate; $90 per person – Weekday Rate

2024

WEEKEND CLASS DATES:

MAY:  5/25 (2 spots left)

JUNE:  Weekends are sold out. Weekday class info below.

JULY:  Weekends are sold out. Weekday class info below.

AUGUST:  Weekends are sold out. Weekday class info below.

SEPTEMBER:  Weekends are sold out. Weekday class info below.

OCTOBER:  Weekends are sold out. Weekday class info below.

NOVEMBER:  11/2 (2 spots left),  11/9 (2 spots left)

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WEEKDAY CLASS DATES:

*Weekdays have two time options:  1-3 PM -or- 3:30-5:30 PM

MAY:  5/22, 5/23, 5/24 (Sold Out), 5/29, 5/30, 5/31

JUNE:  6/5, 6/6, 6/7, 6/12, 6/13, 6/14, 6/19, 6/20, 6/21 (Sold Out), 6/26, 6/27, 6/28 (Sold Out)

JULY – NOVEMBER:  Dates available by request.

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


KNIFE MAKING CLASS

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  • In this knife making fundamentals class, you will go through the process of hand-forging blades. 
  • You will start with raw material (railroad spikes) and hammer out a knife you designed.
  • Note: You do not need past experience to take this class. Beginners are welcome!

      In class, you will learn:

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

      You will finish the class with a knife you forged

      Railroad Spike Knife - Brown County Forge

      CLASS DETAILS:

      Duration:  4-hour Single session

      Time:  1 PM – 5 PM

      Size:   1 – 4 people

      Min. Age:  16 years old (with parent or guardian present)

      Cost:  $240 per person

      2024 KNIFE CLASS DATES:

      MAY:  SOLD OUT. Contact us for weekday options.

      JUNE:  SOLD OUT. Contact us for weekday options.

      JULY:  SOLD OUT. Contact us for weekday options.

      AUGUST:  SOLD OUT. Contact us for weekday options.

      SEPTEMBER:  9/28 (1 spot left)

      OCTOBER:  10/26 (2 spots left)

      NOVEMBER:  SOLD OUT

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      See what past students have to say about Brown County Forge and Terran Marks as an instructor on the Reviews Page


      Where are Blacksmith Classes Held?

      In-person Blacksmith Classes are held at:

      Brown County Forge

      611 W. 11th Street

      Bay 18

      Bloomington, Indiana 47404

      Email: browncountyforge@gmail.com

      Full directions to the Bloomington shop are provided after checkout.

      FAQs:

      • Is there an age limit at Brown County Forge?

      Beginners Blacksmithing Class: All students must be at least 14 years old with a parent or guardian present to participate. 

      Knife Class: All students must be at least 16 years old with a parent or guardian present to participate.

      • Can I book a weekday class?

      Absolutely. We’re happy to accommodate school breaks and irregular work schedules. Email browncountyforge@gmail.com with questions.

      • Will I be able to complete the project?

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

      Sometimes people need some assistance, but we’ll work together to get it done.

      • Is there a forge class near me?

      Absolutely! Brown County Forge is centrally located in southern Indiana. We’ve had students from across the Midwest and around the world attend classes in our Bloomington shop.

      Legal Details and Age Requirements

      Accident Waiver and Release of Liability

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

      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.

      Class Cancellation and Reschedule Policy

      Let’s work together to reschedule a class!

      Contact me here to reschedule: browncountyforge@gmail.com

      If you have to reschedule please do it at least 3 weeks before your class date. This allows me time to fill your spot(s) without negatively impacting fellow students and Brown County Forge.

      Please read the full Class Cancellation and Reschedule Policy. [Updated: August 11, 2022]

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