FUNdamentals of Blacksmithing - Jody Best

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Friday, September 4, 2015 - Sunday, September 6, 2015
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Friday, September 4, 2015 - Sunday, September 6, 2015
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

Beginner | Class Time: Friday– Sunday | No fears, no worries! This intensive and fun workshop will leave you enthusiastic and informed about the “FUNdamentals” of blacksmithing. We will cover everything in clear steps that make it easy to succeed in a new endeavor. All trade secrets will be revealed. Starting with how to build a fire, we will continue with learning all the tools and techniques needed to complete simple forged projects. Hands-on and engaging, this class will cover tapering, bending, and twisting, and you will receive resource information that will serve as a strong foundation to build on. You can expect to complete several individually forged projects. If you don’t mind getting dirty and making some noise, this is a guaranteed good time.

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Touchstone is located in Farmington, Pennsylvania, amid the natural splendor of the Laurel Highlands. Founded in 1972 as the Pioneer Crafts Council, Touchstone's original mission was to foster interest in the preservation of the traditional craft forms and culture of the Appalachian region. Today, the craft school has expanded to include a wide variety of traditional and emerging craft forms, including blacksmithing, ceramics, metal, jewelry, textiles, glass, painting, mosaics, and printmaking. In addition to offering seasonal craft courses taught by nationally renowned artisans, Touchstone provides underserved audiences in the region, from senior citizens to public school students, with craft-centered educational programming. Touchstone's artistic, educational, and residential facilities sit on 150 acres of lush woodlands and pristine wilderness. The campus is covered with towering trees, unique rock formations, and wildflower meadows, and is crossed by McIntyre Run, a rushing stream.


Not only is Touchstone Center for Crafts the only residential craft school in Pennsylvania, it's the natural setting for your creative nature.


Touchstone's mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression. To realize this mission, the school offers workshops, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and other forms of artistic and educational programming throughout the year. Dedicated to achieving national prominence and local relevance, Touchstone strives for national distinction by recruiting some of the best artists in the country to teach high-quality craft workshops that attract a geographically diverse audience. The organization strives for local relevance by providing educational and outreach programming that serves a wide variety of the underserved populations in Fayette County and other parts of southwestern Pennsylvania.

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