Date: June 15 - 19, 2012 (5 Days)
Instructor: Lee Sauder
Level: Beginner and Beyond
Class Description: If you're truly serious about learning to smelt iron, this is the opportunity to do it! Not sure what smelting is, well you are in for a treat, because in this class you will learn how to convert raw iron ore into iron for forging. We'll cover everything you need to know to prepare your own smelting set up; charcoal-making, ore gathering and preparation, furnace construction, smelting, and forging. Participants will be divided into teams and each team will do two smelts, and split the resulting iron to take home. This class is hard work and big fun! No particular skills are required, but you will need to be able to work long hours.
Instructor Bio: Lee began blacksmithing in 1973 at the age of 12, when he began his apprenticeship to Larry Mann. He has been a member of the Artist-Blacksmiths Association of North America since 1974. After a 2 year flirtation with higher education, Lee's journeyman years included stints with OK Barnes of Camden Maine, Chris Axelson of Carmel California, and Vaclav Jaros of Prague (then) Czechoslovakia. He returned home to Lexington, Va. to take over Woods Creek Forge from Larry Mann in1984. He has continued in the blacksmithing business to this day, forging sculpture, custom furniture, and architectural iron. He is best known in the blacksmithing community for his researches into ancient ironsmelting techniques.
Instructor Website: www.leesauder.com
(tuition includes lunch during workshop)
Studio/Materials Fee: $200
A $30 Registration Fee will be added to your course total. This is a one-time annual
fee for non-members. If you are a current member, this fee will be removed before
credit card processing.