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The Forge

Hammer & Tongs & More: Making Basic Tools

$135

with Paul Webster

Calendar Aug 20, 2021 at 5 pm

Friday, August 20, 2021 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
Saturday, August 21, 2021 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $115  Materials: $20

You will experience the transformative process of heating rigid metal to a bright glow and shaping it into a useful tool, like a hammer, tongs, or cooking utensil! You will learn or review the basics of forge management and safety. Students will learn to use more advanced tools and techniques like drifting, riveting, basic grinding and tempering. You will work with steels of various sizes and carbon content to make useful hardware that will last for generations. Be prepared to have fun! 

This class is accessible to any level of skill. Whether you are ready to make your own pair of tongs or you are a beginner and eager to start learning with a brat fork, our instructors will cater to you! You will get to go home with your new, homemade tools! 

Students need to wear rugged, non-synthetic clothing, tough boots, and protective, fire-resistant gloves, available at local hardware stores for under $10. The Folk School does provide aprons, gloves, safety glasses and earplugs, but do bring your own safety equipment if you have it. You can bring your own bag lunch including something to cook over our charcoal fires or order in from nearby restaurants.

About the instructors from Forging Community: Paul Webster holds a Masters in experiential education and a Bachelor’s in English. He has taught 18 years in high school classrooms and was a light industrial trainer for 15 years. He is a founder of Forging Community, a blacksmithing school in Duluth, MN, started in 2012. Paul has been forging since 1988 and worked as the blacksmith for Duluth Pack Store and the Frost River Trading Company doing classes and demonstrations. He has taught many community education classes and runs a limited apprenticeship program from his home forge, Greenfire.

Warren Bettencourt is a professional welder with an associate degree from Lake Superior College. He has been teaching Blacksmithing classes at Forging Community for 8 years and selling his work for 12 years at various events and demonstrations. Besides the classes he teaches, he does a great deal of production work at his home forge.

Charley Brown has been forging since 1978. He has done many demonstrations and taught numerous classes, selling work ever since picking up a hammer. Much of his career has been in plumbing and metal working. He loves the craft!

Forge Demonstration

$20

with Phil Leino

Calendar Sep 10, 2021 at 2 pm

Friday, September 10, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

$20 Donation Recommended

Celebrate the Harvest Moon and spend some time learning something new. Drop by the Leino Forge at the Ely Folk School to learn all about blacksmithing! Phil will be walking you through basic tenets of blacksmithing and coal-fired forges as you watch him work on turning steel into decorative leaves. 

Students who have taken Phil's classes are also welcome to join this afternoon for open studio time. 

The Ely Folk School Leino Forge is located at 209 E Sheridan, in the red garage facing the alley behind the Ely Folk School. From Sheridan, walk through the EFS Pocket Park and follow the path to the Forge.

About the Instructor: Phil Leino is intrigued by the process of taking a static material like iron and dynamically transforming it into something beautiful and useful. He has been instrumental in getting the Folk School blacksmith shop up and running. 

Phil grew up in Ely hearing stories about his blacksmith grandfather and working with his Dad fabricating metal tools.

After graduating with a Masters in botany and PhD in plant sciences, he picked up more metalworking skills along the way, which he has put to use making equipment needed in his research, creating a functional forge at a high school in Idaho, and demonstrating blacksmithing at Living History Farms in Iowa. He donated the first forge for the Ely Folk School, in honor of his grandfather, Emil Leino, which was the first step of our blacksmith program.

Hammer & Tongs & More: Making Basic Tools

$135

with Paul Webster

Calendar Sep 17, 2021 at 5 pm

Friday, September 17, 2021 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
Saturday, September 18, 2021 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $115  Materials: $20

You will experience the transformative process of heating rigid metal to a bright glow and shaping it into a useful tool, like a hammer, tongs, or cooking utensil! You will learn or review the basics of forge management and safety. Students will learn to use more advanced tools and techniques like drifting, riveting, basic grinding and tempering. You will work with steels of various sizes and carbon content to make useful hardware that will last for generations. Be prepared to have fun! 

This class is accessible to any level of skill. Whether you are ready to make your own pair of tongs or you are a beginner and eager to start learning with a brat fork, our instructors will cater to you! You will get to go home with your new, homemade tools! 

Students need to wear rugged, non-synthetic clothing, tough boots, and protective, fire-resistant gloves, available at local hardware stores for under $10. The Folk School does provide aprons, gloves, safety glasses and earplugs, but do bring your own safety equipment if you have it. You can bring your own bag lunch including something to cook over our charcoal fires or order in from nearby restaurants.

About the instructors from Forging Community: Paul Webster holds a Masters in experiential education and a Bachelor’s in English. He has taught 18 years in high school classrooms and was a light industrial trainer for 15 years. He is a founder of Forging Community, a blacksmithing school in Duluth, MN, started in 2012. Paul has been forging since 1988 and worked as the blacksmith for Duluth Pack Store and the Frost River Trading Company doing classes and demonstrations. He has taught many community education classes and runs a limited apprenticeship program from his home forge, Greenfire.

Warren Bettencourt is a professional welder with an associate degree from Lake Superior College. He has been teaching Blacksmithing classes at Forging Community for 8 years and selling his work for 12 years at various events and demonstrations. Besides the classes he teaches, he does a great deal of production work at his home forge.

Charley Brown has been forging since 1978. He has done many demonstrations and taught numerous classes, selling work ever since picking up a hammer. Much of his career has been in plumbing and metal working. He loves the craft!

Hammer & Tongs & More: Making Basic Tools

$135

with Paul Webster

Calendar Oct 8, 2021 at 5 pm

Friday, October 8, 2021 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
Saturday, October 9, 2021 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $115  Materials: $20

You will experience the transformative process of heating rigid metal to a bright glow and shaping it into a useful tool, like a hammer, tongs, or cooking utensil! You will learn or review the basics of forge management and safety. Students will learn to use more advanced tools and techniques like drifting, riveting, basic grinding and tempering. You will work with steels of various sizes and carbon content to make useful hardware that will last for generations. Be prepared to have fun! 

This class is accessible to any level of skill. Whether you are ready to make your own pair of tongs or you are a beginner and eager to start learning with a brat fork, our instructors will cater to you! You will get to go home with your new, homemade tools! 

Students need to wear rugged, non-synthetic clothing, tough boots, and protective, fire-resistant gloves, available at local hardware stores for under $10. The Folk School does provide aprons, gloves, safety glasses and earplugs, but do bring your own safety equipment if you have it. You can bring your own bag lunch including something to cook over our charcoal fires or order in from nearby restaurants.

About the instructors from Forging Community: Paul Webster holds a Masters in experiential education and a Bachelor’s in English. He has taught 18 years in high school classrooms and was a light industrial trainer for 15 years. He is a founder of Forging Community, a blacksmithing school in Duluth, MN, started in 2012. Paul has been forging since 1988 and worked as the blacksmith for Duluth Pack Store and the Frost River Trading Company doing classes and demonstrations. He has taught many community education classes and runs a limited apprenticeship program from his home forge, Greenfire.

Warren Bettencourt is a professional welder with an associate degree from Lake Superior College. He has been teaching Blacksmithing classes at Forging Community for 8 years and selling his work for 12 years at various events and demonstrations. Besides the classes he teaches, he does a great deal of production work at his home forge.

Charley Brown has been forging since 1978. He has done many demonstrations and taught numerous classes, selling work ever since picking up a hammer. Much of his career has been in plumbing and metal working. He loves the craft!





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