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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 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. 

Blacksmithing Apprenticeship In this program, you learn the basics of blacksmithing. You forge, split, twist and punch hot metal to make art and tools. Immerse yourself in the craft and folklore of blacksmithing 1-weekend a month. Apprentice by the forge with our expert mentors. Learn shop safety and the craft of bending metal with fire, hammer and anvil.

Bladesmith Apprenticeship Arrowheads, Knives & Axes! Forge your own by fire & hammer. Move & fold metal on the anvil. Immerse yourself in the craft of bladesmithing 1- weekend a month. Apprentice with our expert mentors. Learn shop safety and the craft of metal bending.

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

Schedule

1 weekend a month, September - May. At our Monthly Training Weekends, Apprentices join a team of friends learning from expert mentors. See below for dates and available schedules.

Single Saturdays - 1 Saturday per month; 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM. Available for Grades 1-8. The most flexibility for families.

Also Included: 

  • Graduation Day community picnic - Saturday May 30
  • Holiday Family Party - Saturday December 14
  • Additional optional Community & Family Events - Dates Vary
  • Monthly community skills night - 2nd Wednesday of the month, September - May
  • Mora wood carving knife

Tuition

Tuition is divided into 9 equal monthly payments after a $75 deposit, or may be paid in full in mid-August for a 5% discount.

Single Saturdays: Tuition is $1,495 ($166 per month)

This program comes with...

  • Mentoring and guidance to accomplish the learning levels of a Blacksmith
  • Working with our top Trackers Instructors as mentors
  • Nine skills weekend Saturdays, plus two community gatherings
  • Access to our Skills Nights

Download 2019-20 Info Packet


2019-20 Class Schedule

Class is one weekend a month, beginning in September and running through our Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck in June. Please check your availability on these dates carefully, as we are unable to switch days between schedules or provide credit for missed program days after enrollment.  


Blacksmithing Grade 5-10: Schedule A Saturdays

  • September 7, 2019: Field Day
  • September 28, 2019: Field Day
  • October 19, 2019: Field Day
  • November 9, 2019: Field Day
  • December 7, 2019: Field Day
  • December 14, 2019: Optional Holiday Party
  • February 1, 2020: Field Day
  • February 29, 2020: Field Day
  • March 15, 2020 (Sunday): Make-Up Day IF NEEDED
  • April 11, 2020: Field Day
  • May 2, 2020: Field Day
  • May 30, 2020: Community Graduation Potluck Picnic

Bladesmithing Grade 7-12: Schedule B Saturdays

  • September 14, 2019: Field Day
  • October 5, 2019: Field Day
  • October 26, 2019: Field Day
  • November 16, 2019: Field Day
  • December 14, 2019: Optional Holiday Party
  • January 18, 2020: Field Day
  • February 8, 2020: Field Day
  • March 7, 2020: Field Day
  • March 21, 2020: Make-Up Day IF NEEDED
  • April 18, 2020 Field Day
  • May 9, 2020 Field Day
  • May 30, 2020: Community Graduation Potluck Picnic

Blacksmithing Grade 5-10: Schedule C Saturdays

  • September 21, 2019: Field Day
  • October 12, 2019: Field Day
  • November 2, 2019: Field Day
  • November 23, 2019: Field Day
  • December 14, 2019: Optional Holiday Party
  • January 25, 2020: Field Day
  • February 15, 2020: Field Day
  • March 1, 2020 (Sunday): Make-Up Day IF NEEDED
  • March 14, 2020: Field Day
  • April 25, 2020: Field Day
  • May 16, 2020: Field Day
  • May 30, 2020: Community Graduation Potluck Picnic



Registration Policy Information

Tuition

Tuition is divided into monthly payments after a $75 deposit, or may be paid in full by August 15 for a 5% discount.

Grade 5-12 (Single Days Only): 2019-20 program tuition is $1,495. Includes: 9 field day Saturdays, Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck, optional family holiday party, and Mora knife. 

Registration

To secure your space for Fall 2019 we require a non-refundable $75 deposit per child. Tuition is divided into nine equal payments which will be charged on the first of the month from September through May. A 5% discount will be applied for tuition paid in full by August 15, 2019.  

Please note that registrations are for the entirety of the program; 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-session 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.