Beginner Blacksmithing

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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 will be provided

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

Location
C-Squared Studios
1522 Teller Street,
Denver, CO, 80214

Student Reviews

5 | 9 reviews
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    Jennifer L.
    Beginner Blacksmithing

    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.
    Beginner Blacksmithing

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

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    Ellyn A.
    Beginner Blacksmithing

    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.
    Beginner 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.
    Beginner Blacksmithing

    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.
    Beginner Blacksmithing

    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.
    Beginner Blacksmithing

    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.
    Beginner Blacksmithing

    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.
    Beginner Blacksmithing

    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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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.