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Blacksmithing Apprenticeship

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Apprentice in the craft and folklore of blacksmithing 1 weekend a month. Train with our Artisans Guild and learn to blacksmith at the Trackers forge by fire, hammer, and anvil. In this year-round program we forge tapers, split, twist and punch hot metal to make aesthetically pleasing and useful items.

The Artisans Guild

As a Blacksmithing Apprentice you join our Artisans Guild. Our best educators and returning students guide Apprentices as they learn as a team.

The Blacksmithing Apprenticeship

Apprentices work together as part of a powerful learning team. They connect with like-minded peers while building authentic skills and sharing a deep relationship with nature. This is not just a club, this can be a life-long path of study in an ancient arts.

No Prior Blacksmithing Experience Required

Our Blacksmithing Apprenticeship works best with varying levels of experience. Similar to a martial arts dojo, more advanced students are occasionally charged to help teach a skill to beginning students. With oversight from a guild mentor, this proven method helps creates a true learning community.

How it works

Mentoring Weekends One weekend a month, apprentices train in the field at our Guild Hall with expert mentors.

9 Field Days + Community Events One Saturday a month. See below for class schedule.

Tuition

Tuition is divided into nine monthly payments after a $75 deposit.

Monthly Payment Plan
$75 deposit, then nine monthly payments of $153 (total $1,377, your deposit is subtracted from your first payment)

This program comes with...

  • Mentoring and guidance to accomplish the learning levels of a Blacksmith
  • Working with our top Trackers Instructors as mentors
  • Artisans Guild embroidered patch and hoodie

2016-17 Class Schedule

Class is one weekend a month from September to May. There are 2 Blacksmith Apprenticeship sessions. Please check your availability on these dates carefully, and choose which session is more convenient. You may only attend the session for which you are registered, and we are unable to provide credit for missed program days.

Blacksmith A

  • Weekend 1 September 17, 2016
  • Weekend 2 October 15, 2016
  • Weekend 3 November 12, 2016
  • Optional Trackers Community Holiday Celebration December 10, 2016
  • Weekend 4 January 14, 2017
  • Weekend 5 February 11, 2017
  • Weekend 6 March 11, 2017
  • Weekend 7 April 15, 2017
  • Weekend 8 May 6, 2017
  • Graduation Ceremony Community Celebration June 3, 2017

Blacksmith B

  • Weekend 1 September 24, 2016
  • Weekend 2 October 22, 2016
  • Weekend 3 November 19, 2016
  • Optional Trackers Community Holiday Celebration December 10, 2016
  • Weekend 4 January 21, 2017
  • Weekend 5 February 18, 2017
  • Weekend 6 March 18, 2017
  • Weekend 7 April 29, 2017
  • Weekend 8 May 20, 2017
  • Graduation Ceremony Community Celebration June 3, 2017

Registration Policy Information

Download our 2016-2017 Information and Pricing Sheet

Tuition

Tuition is divided into nine monthly payments after a $75 deposit.

Monthly Payment Plan
$75 deposit, then nine monthly payments of $153 (total $1,377, your deposit is subtracted from your first payment)

Registration

To secure your space for Fall 2016 we will require a non-refundable $75 deposit per child. In August, all families will enroll in our monthly payment plan. Your tuition is divided into nine equal payments (less your deposit). Payments are automatically debited once monthly from September – May. Please note that registrations are for a full year; however, we do allow for mid-season withdrawals per our cancellation policy (see below). If you are unable to provide your deposit now due to financial hardship, please contact us directly so we may make alternate arrangements. Limited scholarships are available in cases of financial need; please see our scholarship page for deadlines and application information.

Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy

Because of our small group sizes, we are greatly impacted by mid-year cancellations and withdrawals. Please carefully look at the calendar dates above and weigh well if this is a commitment that fits with your family's schedule and needs. Nevertheless, we understand that the needs of families may change during the year. Our cancellation policy is as follows:

  • We request a two-week courtesy notice prior to withdrawals.
  • For all withdrawals from apprenticeship programs, a withdrawal fee equal to one monthly payment will apply.
  • After the withdrawal fee has been subtracted, we will refund any pre-paid tuition prorated for time not attended.
  • We cannot offer credit for program days due to illness, family vacations, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions Blacksmiths Apprenticeship

Click to expand answers to any of the below questions. For additional questions not answered here, please contact us.

Does this program require prior experience? or, What if my child has studied these skills before?

All Trackers Apprenticeship programs are designed to take students where they are at and help them find their growth edge. We use community based teaching techniques for our small groups, which in fact work best with varying levels of experience as we build in-program mentorship. Similar to a martial arts dojo, more advanced students are occasionally charged to help teach a skill to beginning students. With oversight from a guild mentor, this proven method helps creates a true learning community. Teaching skills to another student is the best way to cement knowledge and reach mastery.

What does my child get out of this? Do they become an expert blacksmith?

This is the beginning of a life-long love of metalworking. The Artisans Guild's motto is: We're doing it wrong - let's do it better! Craftwork often has no right answer; we emphasize the process of learning, experimenting, and trying again. Students will finish the year with confidence in their metalworking skills, completing many projects, and ready to progress to the next level should they decide to continue in the program.

What is the role of program mentors?

Program mentors are the best of Trackers instructors and representative of the Artisans Guild. They are coordinators and developers of all logistics and curriculum in our Blacksmith shop days. They also tailor their curriculum and mentoring to each individual student, taking those experienced students farther and helping them grow their skills. They are checking in consistently with where students are at with both the basics and also their feeling and well-being in the program. They are often a phone call away when your family has a question about a skill, best places to train, or how your child is doing in the program.