THE ART OF BLACKSMITHING

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The Art of Blacksmithing

Course Description

Blacksmithing is an ancient form of alchemy, bringing together fire, metal and air to birth functional and beautiful items that we depend upon in our daily lives. Instructor Justin Starting has been inspired by the way tribal blacksmiths use the simplest methods and materials to forge the highest quality tools. He believes that we can look to their traditional relationships with blacksmithing to bring consciousness and harmony back to our connection with metal.

The purpose of this class is to give people the basic blacksmithing skills to become self-sufficient in their practice. Through this hands on experience of working with fire and metal, students will learn how to take recycled or bought steel and forge it into a functional tool.


Topics we will explore


  • How to forge steel
  • Test reclaimed steels for their carbon content
  • Work with fire, and learn about the different fuels and their characteristics for forging
  • Anneal, harden and temper carbon steel
  • How to set up your own forge with simple materials
  • Forge their own carving knife or other small item

Instructors


Justin Starting

Justin Starting


Justin is an initiated traditional healer in the Huichol tradition of the Mexican Sierra Madre, and has been teaching wilderness skills for over 20 years. His teachings include bow making, brain tanning, identification and uses of wild plants for food and medicine, fire-making, blacksmithing and woodcarving, among other ancient skills—all hidden treasures that are being lost from the world.

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Registration Information


  • Course Tuition: $350
  • Course fee includes: Instruction, all materials, catered meals and camping accommodations
  • Be sure to register early, space is limited for this course.

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Instructors


Justin Starting

Justin Starting

Justin is an initiated marakame (medicine man) in the Huichol tradition of the Mexican Sierra Madre, and has been teaching wilderness skills for over 20 years. He expresses the Huichol ancestral wisdom through various teachings. These include bow making, brain tanning, identification and uses of wild plants for food and medicine, fire-making, blacksmithing and woodcarving, among other ancient skills—all hidden treasures that are being lost from the world.

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Registration Information


We are not currently offering this course

However, we will update this page if we decide to schedule this course again in the future

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… Read More



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