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Wayne Apgar has been teaching individual students for the past eight years at Durham Forge, located in historic Durham, PA in the Upper Bucks County section of the picturesque Delaware River Valley.
Classes are tailored to meet the individual student's interests and abilities. Beginning students can learn the basics of blacksmithing. Instruction for more advanced students can focus on fabricating specific projects or learning specific techniques such as Organic Blacksmithing, Architectural Blacksmithing, or Joinery.
For students residing nearby, lessons at Durham Forge can be contracted for three hour blocks, one day or more per week.
For students out of the immediate area, weekend classes can be arranged. Durham Forge does not have sleeping facilities on site, but recommendations for area hotels and nearby Bucks County B&B's are available.
Organic Blacksmithing Course:
- July 26-28, 2013 at the Broken Hammer Forge, Eastern Shore, MD
- August 26-30, 2013 at the Touchstone Center of Crafts, Southwestern PA
- September 20-22, 2013 at the Broken Hammer Forge, Eastern Shore, MD
Organic blacksmithing is the process of forging metal into artistic, organic shapes such as flowers, leaves, and grasses. Students will use flat, round, angle, and square stock to forge steel, stainless steel, and copper to fabricate natural forms. Students from beginning to advanced levels are welcome.
Teaching will include basic blacksmithing safety, how to manage a coal and propane forge, as well as choreographing the smithing process. Specific patterns to be taught include roses, daisies, irises, maple leaves, oak leaves, apple leaves, wild grass, vines and cat tails.
Time permitting, and depending on the student's level of expertise, an entire project could be completed utilizing the multiple components fabricated during the class. Students are encouraged to bring pictures or drawings of items that they wish to reproduce.