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Introduction to Blacksmithing

October 24, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


27101778_sHave you ever wanted to learn the art of blacksmithing? Join us for a morning of hammering, foraging, and bending in this hands-on introduction to blacksmithing.  This workshop is designed as a short but intense introduction to blacksmithing and you will have the chance to progress at your own pace based on your ability.

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27100725_sYou will receive an immersion into the steps of blacksmithing including the tools required, how to shape, how to hit steel accurately, and the heat required to shape metal. You will also get the opportunity to make two or three projects to take home to give you the understanding of blacksmithing

You will learn about:

  • drawing out
  • bending
  • punching holes
  • upsetting
  • cutting

Who is this workshop ideal for?

  1. For people who have never dabbled in blacksmithing before
  2. Great way for parents to engage their teenagers with a family activity
  3. For those who have always wanted to understand the art but have not known how to get introduced


When: Saturday, October 24th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Please choose one of the two hour appointment time slots below.  Each appointment starts every hour and runs for two hours. Two people can sign up for each slot. We are scheduling it this way to ensure you will receive as much hands on blacksmithing as possible.

Where: Wellington County Museum and Archives – 0536 Wellington Road 18, Elora, ON N1M 2W3

Cost:  $40 includes all materials and finished projects to take home.

To Wear: Please wear old clothes that you are OK with getting dirty, dirty, and more dirty. Please be sure to wear long pants and a long sleeved shirt.  You’re new clothes are likely to get ruined.  Please wear old clothes.  Also, leather booths are best for foot wear.

Methods of Registration: Eventbrite (below) or you can pay by cheque, cash, or e-transfer prior to the workshop. Email Ami at

Register below and be sure sure follow step one and two.


2) Please click on the button below to sign up to choose your time slot.

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Fred T. Blacksmith – Modern Blacksmith

Fred T Blacksmith was a historic blacksmith who turned into a very modern blacksmith. Fred had a lifetime of interest and exposure to the art of blacksmithing.

Fred’s historic blacksmithing employment includes Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto and Country Heritage Park, demonstrating, teaching and making historic reproductions.

Fred is a sought after demonstration blacksmith.  He has demonstrated historic blacksmithing at the Milton Steam Era,  Joseph Schneider Haus, Ireland House, Halton Region Museum, Doon Heritage Crossroads, Fort William and Waldie Blacksmith Shop in Milton.

He has become a modern blacksmith incorporating modern equipment and techniques used by a variety of other metal artists into his skill set

Fred is also an active member of the Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association, taking advantage of the collective knowledge of over 100 other blacksmiths.  


Cancellation Guidelines

  • Minga will provide a 100% refund for workshops cancelled by Minga.
  • If a registrant cancels a workshop with more than 48 hours notice, a 100% refund will be issued.
  • If a registrant cancels with less than 48 hours notice or does not show up, no refund will be issued.
  • The above policies apply for pre-registered workshops. Refunds or credits will not be issued for a missed class.

* Please note that we’ll be sending out information about specifics of the workshop a few days before the workshop, including a reminder of what to bring.



October 24, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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