Introduction to Blacksmithing with Greg Winz (September)


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Date: Sept.12, 2020

9 am – 4 pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Class Registration Fee:  Early bird – by August 21, 2020: $80.00

After August 21, 2020: $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.

Please note:  Greg will also be offering another class on July 11, 2020.

Registration includes your lunch, and one free admission to Saturday night’s Healthy Hoedown.