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Blacksmithing & Toolmaking

Decorative Ironwork: The Art of the Candle Holder

Course Overview

Decorative and functional ironwork has a long history throughout the North Country. Hinges, gates, fireplace tools, or even the humble candlestick: the most ordinary of objects becomes a striking work of art. In this class, students will create their own unique candle holder or sconce. The course will cover topics including safety in the shop, forging pipe, fullering, punching holes, splitting, riveting, decorative chasing/scrolling, and forge braising. This project provides a great opportunity for blacksmiths with a basic skill set to explore a new form and acquire new skills along the way. This course will be vigorous and physical; although not required, students are encouraged to enroll in the single day course “Forgework Skills Refresher” prior to this experience to brush up or acquire skills. Students ages 16 and up with appropriate experience are welcome to participate.

Required Tools

  • Safety glasses (provided, but you may wish to bring your own)
  • Ear protection (provided, but you may wish to bring your own)
  • Leather gloves
  • Jeans
  • Cotton shirts (no nylon clothing)
  • Leather shoes
  • Clothing comfortable to be outdoors

Optional Tools

  • Steel punch
  • Steel chisels
  • Hack saw
  • Vice grips
  • Channel locks
  • Camera
  • Your favorite blacksmithing hammer (non claw types)
  • Good file for steel
  • Tongs or over-sized pliers
  • 4.5" grinder


Sat, May 21st, 2022  –  Sun, May 22nd, 2022

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $270.00
Materials fee: $120.00

Meet the Instructor

Michael Jones
Mason, WI

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Decorative Ironwork: The Art of the Candle Holder