Forging Basics 1 with Matt Pohorelsky

Saturday - Sunday, March 3 - 4, 10-4p

This workshop is part of our Metal Works Immersion.

The immersion includes: Forging Basics 1, Forging Basics 2, AND Sculpting with Steel for $795. 

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Dive in and learn the essentials of blacksmithing during this two day workshop. Day one students learn the basics of drawing and tapering steel by forging decorative hooks. This project will teach students how to take regular metal stock and turn it into a unique piece of functional art. Day two will focus on forging, texturing, and riveting larger stock to create a back plate for the hooks to make a functional rack. If time permits students will incorporate these skills and create a matching round towel rack. Students will leave with a general knowledge of hammer techniques, heat forging, twisting, creating a rat tail, drawing and tapering, as well as a foundation on blacksmithing terminology and techniques. Beginners welcome. ***This class is open to ages 16 and up.


  • Important Dress Code:

    When attending Metal Works classes, you must ALWAYS wear all cotton clothing. Polyester and poly-blend materials (plastic) are unsafe to wear. 

    Shirt tails need to be tucked in.

    Long pants are a necessity. If you show up in shorts, you will not be allowed to complete the course.

    Do not wear torn or frayed clothing. Also, be aware that you'll likely end up with small burn holes in your clothing from this class so dress appropriately.

    Do not wear jewelry of any kind.

    Always wear LEATHER footwear that protects from sparks, falling objects, and embers (canvas, etc will easily ignite and burn). High top work boots are best.

    Sandals or low shoes with no socks are unacceptable forms of footwear.


***IMPORTANT: These classes are held at CREATIVE SIDE METAL WORKS located at 2311 Thornton Road, Studio Q***

Please use street parking, we are found at the back right corner of the complex, look for our sign.




Tuition: $250 + $40 kit fee

FULL. We have a waiting list for this class. If you would like to be added, please email info@creativeside.org.

Reserve your spot today in one of our many inspiring workshops or classes by calling the Creative Side | Jewelry Academy of Austin 512-799-0731 or feel free to email us with any questions at info@creativeside.org.

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