Blacksmithing Workshop: Forge Your Own Fire Poker

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Make your own fire poker from red hot steel using the ancient craft of blacksmithing! This three hour hands-on class will introduce you to blacksmithing and working with hot iron to make useful objects. You will learn techniques like drawing out, bending, twisting, scrolling, and more to create a unique fire poker to take home with you. We will also cover correct hammer technique and use of anvils, vises, and tongs. Come and spend an evening making your own hand-made item.

Local artist blacksmith Mark Teece will be teaching you how to forge red hot steel using traditional techniques from this ancient craft. Mark is an artist blacksmith who has been teaching for 10 years and is a patient teacher of this craft. He provides excellent instruction in forging techniques and individual help as the classes are small with a maximum of 8 students. Mark’s own work includes a number of public art projects, architectural ironwork, and bespoke forged ironwork for the home including tables, artwork, and fireplace tools. You can follow his work on Instagram @thebritishblacksmith or at

The class is open to students of all skill levels and is limited to 8 students. We will provide everything you need to have an enjoyable evening. Expect to leave with basic forging skills and the knowledge needed to forge hot steel. If you have prior experience, this class will help you refresh your skills.

This program is designed for adults and teens ages 16 and up.
Cost: $100

Save your spot for this blacksmithing program at Baltimore Woods!

More details: Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. All necessary equipment and supplies are provided. (Safety glasses and hearing protection are provided, but you may wish to bring your own.) You may bring your own hammers and/or tools if you have them.

Please make sure that you do wear cotton clothing (no nylon or fleece), long pants, and closed toe shoes (boots preferred). Make sure that you do wear natural fibers like cotton shirts, jeans, or canvas pants. Make sure that you do not wear synthetic materials like Lycra, spandex, nylon, and polyester, as these materials do not stand up to high temperatures and sparks.

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