June 26-27, 2018
Faculty: Lucian Avery
This class will introduce you to the ancient art of blacksmithing through a series of small projects. We will start with fire tending and safety, then we will jump right into shaping hot iron with a hammer. Filing, basic metallurgy, heat treating, tool and material selection will also be covered as they are encountered in projects, as well as using both coal and propane forges. This class is suitable for beginners and for students who have done some smithing but want to brush up on their fundamentals.
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Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for this course. In order to take full advantage of this course students should have a general understanding of blacksmithing weather in practice, readings or videos.
Tuition & Fees: Early Bird Pricing: $375 / Pricing after May 27th: $400 covers the cost of the class, most course materials, travel to and from Lucian’s shop and daily meals from our top-ranked Sterling Kitchen. Accommodations are not included in course pricing.
Housing Availability & Fees: On-campus housing is available for an additional fee of $60/night with a private bathroom and $50/night with shared bathrooms. Please note that Sterling College offers rustic/vintage/farmhouse style accommodations that are clean and safe but not luxurious. Availability is limited and room requests are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you prefer to stay off-campus please see our accommodations page for local recommendations.
Lucian Avery started blacksmithing in 1992, captivated by the idea of making his own tools for gardening, woodworking and eventually tools for blacksmithing. He soon developed a broader interest in smithing and started taking on commissions. Since then, he has forged a wide array of custom pieces, working with designers, builders, and homeowners from across the country. His work has ranged from thumb latches for historic buildings to stair railings, fire tools, and garden gates. Lately he has come to especially enjoy making early American door latches and hinges. And,of course, he continues to be fascinated with toolmaking. In this era of high tech, he has chosen to continue emphasizing old-fashioned craftsmanship and handwork. Avery works solely in his studio in Northern Vermont while teaching classes and demonstrating blacksmithing to the public and blacksmith associations across the United States.