Fort Meigs

Ohio's War of 1812 Battlefield

Blacksmithing 101

April 8, 2017

Strike While the Iron's Hot!

Blacksmith striking iron

Blacksmithing is an ancient skill considered a lost art today. With the return of this workshop, you can learn the basics of heating, shaping, and bending metal while working on a reproduction of an early 19th century travelling forge, similar to those used by the U.S. Army during the War of 1812.

This is a beginners-level hands-on workshop, designed to benefit novices only. Participants will learn and practice basic heating and hammering techniques, building and controlling their fire, and shaping and tempering metal. All will have the opportunity to create a piece of their own and take it home! Cost is $45 dollars per person, $40 for OHS members, and includes all materials and supplies. Workshop size is strictly limited to the first 6 people registered and everyone must sign a safety-waiver in order to participate.

NOTE: This workshop takes place outside. Please dress for the weather. In the event of severe weather, staff will make a determination the day of the workshop and participants will be notified of any cancellations/postponements by phone and/or email.

This day came in two brigades of pack horses laden with flour and iron...

~ Captain Daniel Cushing
March 2, 1813

Details
  • Meet at the Fort Meigs Visitor Center
  • Class is 10:00 a.m. - appx. 2:00 p.m.
  • Takes place outside. Dress accordingly.
  • Limited to the first 6 people registered.
  • $55 per person
  • $50 for OHC members
What You Need
  • Must be 16 years or older.
  • Sturdy shoes that cover your feet. Leather boots recommended.
  • Clothes that can get dirty/singed. Wear pants & shirt with ¾-length or long sleeves that can be tightly rolled up.
  • Long hair must be secured.
  • Brown-bag lunch
Register Today
  • This workshop is currently full.
  • Updated January 18, 2017