Class Meets Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and April 14, 9 am - 5 pm Each Day
Tuition Fee: Members: $88, Non-member: $110
Materials Fee: $20, Payable to the Floyd Center for the Arts
This class will introduce students to tools found in the shop the anvil, forge and hammer. How to light and maintain a fire. Once familiar with the tools of the trade we will practice fundamental techniques such as drawing out, upsetting, tapers, twists and punching holes. All done while learning proper stance, hammer control and safety in the shop. Students will make nails, hooks, fire pokers and other useful items and learn how to apply finishes to these items. Students are asked to bring safety glasses, and hearing protections closed toe shoes are required also their favorite hammer if they have one. Gloves and aprons are optional. If you are enthusiastic, comfortable working with your hands, and willing to work hard you qualify.
Bryan Fritts has been blacksmithing since 1997, and is Manley Brown's ( blacksmith in Lexington VA ) last living apprentice . He has worked in the blacksmith shop as an historic interpreter at Virginia Explore Park and does public demonstration's at fall festivals across southern VA. Brayn is both self taught and has taken classes at John C Campbell Folk School. He has also attended numerous blacksmithing workshops sponsored by the guilds located in the area. He is a member of ABANA and the Old Dominion Blacksmith's Association. Bryan states "I love working with iron and non-ferrous metals. I also do fabrication and welding and upcycled / repurposed art from junk. I live in Blue Ridge VA with my wife Becky and have four children and four grandchildren."