Beginner Blacksmithing

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ABOUT THIS EVENT
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Arts & DIY

Event Overview

In this beginners Blacksmithing course you will learn the ins and outs of the Iron Age process of Blacksmithing. What it means to be a Blacksmith, and all about the tools and techniques used by a blacksmith. You will have the opportunity to create, with your own two hands, a unique and one of a kind object; using the techniques you learn during demonstration. No prior experience or knowledge is needed as I will instruct you through the entire process.
See project choices below:

Class Breakdown:
In the first portion of class I will provide instruction on safety followed by an Informative talk on history and science of Blacksmithing
The Second portion is Demonstration.
I will walk the entire class through the project we will be working on.

Finally, It is hands-on time for each student.
Each student will choose between making a-

Twisted knife (letter opener size)
A Twisted Bottle Opener
Or a Tapered and Twisted Scroll (Plant hanger Hook)

All the materials and safety gear are provided. Feel free to BYOB for after class.

Please be advised the following clothing is highly recommended:
- Closed toe, Canvas or Leather shoes or boots
- Long sleeves and Long pants made of cotton or wool, NO synthetics
- Make sure the clothes you wear are okay to get dirty
- Bring leather gloves if you have them
- Bring eye and ear protection if you have it
- Bring your reading glasses if you normally wear bi-focals

What's Provided

All materials provided, if you would like to bring in an outside material to experiment with please contact me.

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Chad Copeland

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I was raised in Northwest Indiana where some of the most beautiful landscapes abruptly end at the fences of giant industrial complexes. Urban landscapes that once thrived are now in a tailspin of economic and environmental disaster. Having been raised in that area, it seemed normal for beautiful sandy beaches to be interrupted by hazardous area signs, and gorgeous sunsets to have a smoke stack in silhouette with them. These scenes of my youth have imbedded themselves in my subconscious and have led me down a unique path of artistic exploration. I find it fascinating to incorporate hard industrial elements in works that address nature, or the human presence and form. In some of my work I have even played with the conundrum I find myself in considering the use of electricity generated locally, that I then consume to create work that generally is addressing the negativity of the system. The thought complexity, and conviction I put into my work is all directly connected with a guilt I feel as a postindustrial human.

My education started after enrolling at the American Academy of Art. This led me to my mentor and good friend Bobby Joe Scribner. A professor at the academy and a free-lance sculptor, Bobby Joe introduced me to the world of steel sculpture. It was the perfect medium for a young man like myself to use to express my complicated emotions surrounding Industry and Nature. Working with Bobby Joe turned into an Apprenticeship lasting nearly three years. Next I found myself working toward structural welding certificates. The last step in my undergraduate studies was returning to academia at Ball State University. This small State school in East Central Indiana boasts one of the finest sculpture/3D facilities in the Midwest. I spent two years in attendance here making some of the most powerful works of my career thus far, with a thesis containing all the research and evidence necessary to back up the series.

I now find myself residing in Denver Colorado. Here I am assembling a shop and studio to continue my personal work as well as offer my fabrication services to the public via commissioned work as well as open studio space and classes to those interested in learning to do the work themselves.

STUDENT REVIEWS

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    Julia B.
    Reviewed on 09/13/17

    My son loved it! He's been watching all these YouTube videos and this was his great chance to see it all live. Chad was super patient and great teacher.

    My son loved it! He's been watching all these YouTube videos and this was his great chance to see it all live. Chad was super patient and great teacher.

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    Madi B.
    Reviewed on 08/31/17

    Took this class for my husbands birthday and it was a hoot! The instructor was knowledgeable on the subject of blacksmithing and allowed us to be creative. It's a fun and relaxed environment which was great after a long day of work.

    Took this class for my husbands birthday and it was a hoot! The instructor was knowledgeable on the subject of blacksmithing and allowed us to be creative. It's a fun and relaxed environment which was great after a long day of work.

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    Renae P.
    Reviewed on 08/30/17

    The class was relaxed and a lot of fun. Chad first demonstrated what we would be doing. Then when it was your turn at the anvil, he was good about jumping in to help if you needed it or hanging back and letting you have at it if that was more your style. Each person individually makes their own item so you do spend a lot of time watching and chatting with others in the class. We had a great group so the time went by quickly and Chad did a great job of encouraging conversation and making everyone feel welcome. I also never felt rushed to finish up, even though we went over the designated end time, nobody was pressured to speed up. The last person got as much time as the first. Blacksmithing is probably not a hobby I would pursue but twisting and pounding steel was a great experience and something I'm definitely glad I tried.

    The class was relaxed and a lot of fun. Chad first demonstrated what we would be doing. Then when it was your turn at the anvil, he was good about jumping in to help if you needed it or hanging back and letting you have at it if that was more your style. Each person individually makes their own item so you do spend a lot of time watching and chatting with others in the class. We had a great group so the time went by quickly and Chad did a great job of encouraging conversation and making everyone feel welcome. I also never felt rushed to finish up, even though we went over the designated end time, nobody was pressured to speed up. The last person got as much time as the first. Blacksmithing is probably not a hobby I would pursue but twisting and pounding steel was a great experience and something I'm definitely glad I tried.

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    Tommy C.
    Reviewed on 08/25/17

    The class was fun, pretty to the point. A quick review on the equipment and then straight to blacksmithing. Great time with my dad on his B-day.

    The class was fun, pretty to the point. A quick review on the equipment and then straight to blacksmithing. Great time with my dad on his B-day.

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    Michael L.
    Reviewed on 05/02/17

    Excellent beginners class. Chad is friendly and helpful. If interested in blacksmithing highly recommend this class.

    Excellent beginners class. Chad is friendly and helpful. If interested in blacksmithing highly recommend this class.

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    Rene H.
    Reviewed on 03/27/17

    Chad is an engaging and knowledgeable instructor. He encourages students to try everything themselves, but is also close by with help should it be required. I have enjoyed all the classes I have taken from Chad and would recommend him to anyone!

    Chad is an engaging and knowledgeable instructor. He encourages students to try everything themselves, but is also close by with help should it be required. I have enjoyed all the classes I have taken from Chad and would recommend him to anyone!

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    Jennifer L.
    Reviewed on 02/27/17

    Chad is awesome. Super knowledgable, easy to understand, and helpful without being overbearing or making you feel stupid. =) The item everyone made was a letter opener, but since my husband was also in the class, Chad let me make a planter hanger. I highly recommend the blacksmithing class or anything else he teaches.

    Chad is awesome. Super knowledgable, easy to understand, and helpful without being overbearing or making you feel stupid. =) The item everyone made was a letter opener, but since my husband was also in the class, Chad let me make a planter hanger. I highly recommend the blacksmithing class or anything else he teaches.

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    Josh L.
    Reviewed on 02/20/17

    Great class, Chad was very easy to understand and we took home some cool skills.

    Great class, Chad was very easy to understand and we took home some cool skills.

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    Ellyn A.
    Reviewed on 02/17/17

    Great teacher. Truly knows how to teach. Engages the student from the very start with both knowledge and talent regarding the subject. Students walk away with a completed project and an "I can do this" experience.

    Great teacher. Truly knows how to teach. Engages the student from the very start with both knowledge and talent regarding the subject. Students walk away with a completed project and an "I can do this" experience.

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    Alex O.
    Reviewed on 01/30/17

    He was very knowledgeable and we were able to leave with proof of our experience. Really enjoyed learning about blacksmithing.

    He was very knowledgeable and we were able to leave with proof of our experience. Really enjoyed learning about blacksmithing.

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    Phil M.
    Reviewed on 01/29/17

    This class was perfect. I do have experience in blacksmithing, so I took this a a refresher course. Chad was amazing. Knowledgeable about the history, and techniques. If you are interested, but, apprehensive this is the class for you. Chad is patient, and adjusts to your level of comfort. No one is left out, and encouragement abundant. Rare to see a teacher adapt to so many people, and every question was answered. I cannot say enough about this class. Chad and his crew are the most approachable and easy to talk to as well. Great class, will learn more, from Chad.

    This class was perfect. I do have experience in blacksmithing, so I took this a a refresher course. Chad was amazing. Knowledgeable about the history, and techniques. If you are interested, but, apprehensive this is the class for you. Chad is patient, and adjusts to your level of comfort. No one is left out, and encouragement abundant. Rare to see a teacher adapt to so many people, and every question was answered. I cannot say enough about this class. Chad and his crew are the most approachable and easy to talk to as well. Great class, will learn more, from Chad.

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    Julianna B.
    Reviewed on 01/09/17

    At first you may be excited about blacksmithing, and then you might feel intimidated. Don't worry. Chad has your back. Not only does he go over safety, but he gives a brief history of the craft and explains some of the geeky details. The project will give you a few techniques to practice and send you home with a useful item. (We made bottle openers in the class I took). This class is a good ol' hammer swingin' time.

    At first you may be excited about blacksmithing, and then you might feel intimidated. Don't worry. Chad has your back. Not only does he go over safety, but he gives a brief history of the craft and explains some of the geeky details. The project will give you a few techniques to practice and send you home with a useful item. (We made bottle openers in the class I took). This class is a good ol' hammer swingin' time.

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    Larry M.
    Reviewed on 12/05/16

    I enjoyed this class. It is a good intro to blacksmithing. The instructor is a good guy, very peasant and helpful. I would definitely like to take another class.

    I enjoyed this class. It is a good intro to blacksmithing. The instructor is a good guy, very peasant and helpful. I would definitely like to take another class.

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    Amie H.
    Reviewed on 12/05/16

    I had a great time at the class I was a little nervous because I was the only girl but the instructor made me feel comfortable and was very helpful when I had questions

    I had a great time at the class I was a little nervous because I was the only girl but the instructor made me feel comfortable and was very helpful when I had questions

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    Rand P.
    Reviewed on 11/07/16

    This is the second class I have taken with Chad and was another great afternoon. Chad does a great job of creating a relaxed atmosphere where people are comfortable asking questions and interacting with the other people in the class. I look forward to taking more classes here in the future!

    This is the second class I have taken with Chad and was another great afternoon. Chad does a great job of creating a relaxed atmosphere where people are comfortable asking questions and interacting with the other people in the class. I look forward to taking more classes here in the future!

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