Introduction to Blacksmithing with Greg Winz (Sept)


An introduction to the art of blacksmithing – with instructor Greg Winz.


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Date: Sept.10, 2022

9 am – 4 pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Ages18 and older may participate unaccompanied. Ages 8-17 must be partnered with an also-registered adult (18 or older). Younger than 8 is negotiable, but generally not a good idea for a whole day. It would probably be fine for a child that young to be shadowing a registered adult, but not participating in any meaningful way.

Class Registration Fee:  Early bird – by August 19, 2022: $80.00

After August 19, 2022: $90.00

Learn the basics of blacksmithing, from starting and tending a coal fired forge, to the different techniques and tools of the trade. The class will start with the skills needed to make a simple post hook. In the afternoon, students will get to choose to make one or more projects, like more complex wall hooks, cloak brooches, or a Mjolnir (Thor’s Hammer) pendant. Students may also choose to use this time to work on a project of their own. We will be working in mild steel.

Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class):  $5.00

Trained as a machinist, Greg Winz brings a background in metallurgy to his blacksmithing workshops. Before he became a machinist, he made jewelry, and “if I ever needed a tool, I’d make it.” Greg discovered the joys of the forge at Folklore Village about 15 years ago, and apprenticed himself to smithy Tom Peterson. Greg enjoys sharing his love of the metal arts with aspiring students. He teaches blacksmithing at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point and at other Folklore Village events, and demonstrates at the Hyde Blacksmith Shop and the Iowa County Antique Power Show. A research technician at UW Madison, Greg is also greatly appreciated within the Folklore Village community as a patient and genial dance instructor.