The Barefoot Forge

Your Ring Is special, We think so too.

After years of teaching and hundreds of students- we're proud to be Pittsburgh's premier blacksmithing instructional shop!

Our Blacksmithing classes are for everyone, no previous experience required!
The project of the first class will be one of our favorites, making railroad spikes into shapely bottle openers! This class will begin with the basic operation of tools, safety and forging methods. It will showcase squaring, hammer technique, drawing of metal (making it longer), twisting, bending, cleanup, and finishing. At the end of the class, each student will have two of their own hand crafted, beautiful and long lasting hand forged bottle opener to take home with them to "Test Thoroughly"!
So come learn a dying art and swing a hammer at some hot steel!

Future classes will include projects such as wall hooks, ornate leafs, roses, and an intermediate level class on knife making. Currently, the Main offering is the Introduction to Bottle Openers, an interactive experience designed to be the blacksmithing equivalent of drinking wine at a paint studio. Will you go home an expert blacksmith, No chance. Will you go home with some awesome bottle openers and a heck of a fun experience? YOU BET! We spend the class talking about proper hammer technique, what to look for in buying an anvil, allow you to try a few commercially available products (forges, tongs, etc), and teach general safety. At the end of the class, you should leave as an informed beginner ready to continue on your blacksmithing journey with some good tips, some good experience, and some good knowledge! No Experience Necessary, join us!

We also offer a class in making a cool Metal Rose! This class is not meant to be as detailed as our beginners blacksmithing class and will not include all the knowledge and background information on forging or purchasing tools- but is a great, simple activity for anyone of any skill level! We'll skip the nitty gritty and just go over safety, basic use, "Drawing and tapering", and proper hammer form in order to send you home with an elegant metal rose that you created! This class is more project oriented, with less emphesis on the background of blacksmithing, tools, and the history of anvils. ABSOLUTELY NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

Our Introductory Welding Class is designed to give you the background information necessary to make an educated purchase of a welder and efficiently repair your rusted out lawnmower. We concentrate on MIG welding with a small introduction and exposure to TIG welding. In this class, you’ll get lots of hands on experience troubleshooting common problems, testing out several popular brands and models of welders, and mastering the necessary settings to sufficiently weld some things to some other things.
Want to weld some things? Let’s weld some things!
This is a crash course, but it’s the only alternative we could find to a 40 hour certification course. If you have no interest in a career as a pipeline welder but really want to repair your rusted out lawnmower- join us! No Experience Necessary, join us!

Our Damascus Steel Making Class is set up for the smith with some experience or alot of passion to learn the processes of making Damascus Steel using common carbon Damascus alloys and methods (1084/15n20). We spend the day together, learning the metallurgy and steps necessary to forge weld and pattern Damascus (Pattern welded) steel with the hopes that experienced smiths would be able to grow in their skills and produce these beautiful materials at home. In this class, you go home with one block of carbon damascus steel that they’ve forged and patterned- but not a tangible item made of that damascus. As time allows, we can forge it to the basic dimensions of your request. This class is intended for experienced smiths with their own tools, looking to expand their existing horizons and skills. No experience is necessary- but you might be in for ALOT of information overload if you’re completely green.

 The class size is limited to only 4 students, and spaces tend to go fast! The cost of most classes is $100/student (some topics require additional equipment, time, or smaller class sizes) for 4 hours of instruction and forge time.  All students must be at least 18 years of age and fit enough to swing a 4lb hammer.
WE DO NOT OFFER ANY CLASSES TO MINORS, and we do not currently offer any knife making classes.

We also are proud to debut our new scholarship program for opportunities to learn to forge for all active and former military! Check out our page here for "Forging For Fighters" here:
https://www.thebarefootforge.com/forging-for-fighters

Classes will take place at production blacksmithing studio in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Additional information will be emailed to those who sign up, usually one to two days before the class.

CURRENT CLASSES AVAILABLE:
https://www.thebarefootforge.com/shop/lessons

Don’t see any classes coming up? We issue our schedule each month in the last week of the month, for the next month. While we wish we could plan things further in advance- our core business is private classes and people coming to make their own ring so we try to keep some flexibility in our schedule for those opportunities. Don’t worry, we tend to host as many classes as we physically can and hopefully we’ll have one you can join us for soon! Be sure to sign up for our email list to stay in touch, our reach out to schedule your own private group.

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https://www.thebarefootforge.com/gift-cards


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