Thursday, January 9

Blacksmith Schools In Texas

A list of blacksmiths and schools in Texas currently offering classes in forging and metalworking. Let us know if we've missed one.



Austin

Austin Community College - Riverside Campus
1020 Grove Blvd.
Austin, TX 78741
512-223-6000

Associate degrees in Art Metals: Metal Sculpture and Art Metals: Metalsmithing are offered through the Welding Technology Department.

Creative Side Metal Works
2311 Thornton Road
Suite Q
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 799-0731
matt@creativeside.org

Bryan/College Station

Steephollow Forgeworks
7286 Mesco Dr.
Bryan, TX 77808
(979) 776-2864

Central Texas

Balcones Forge
Non-profit ABANA affiliate serving Central Texas
Monthly meetings, current blacksmithing event listings, monthly newsletter
facebook.com/BFCTB

Dallas/Fort Worth area

Brookhaven College
3939 Valley View Ln.
Farmers Branch, TX 75244
(972) 860-4700
bhcinfo@dcccd.edu

Dallas Heritage Museum
1515 S. Harwood
Dallas, TX 75215
(214) 421-5141

Grapevine Blacksmith Shop
707 S. Main
Grapevine, TX 76051
(940) 435-1684

Stoneplace Ministries
309 County Road 4850
Newark, TX 76071
(940) 393-9723
kathy@stoneplace.org

Hallsville

Pine Cone Forge
Hallsville, TX 75650
(903) 736-8990
pineconeforge@yahoo.com

Onalaska

Bluebird Forge - Tom Lundquist
Onalaska, TX
tom@bluebirdforge.com


San Antonio

The Human Path
San Antonio, TX 78260
(210) 807-0891

Waco area

Homestead Heritage
PO Box 869
Elm Mott, TX 76640
(254) 754-9600

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28 comments:

  1. Austin Community College has a really great degree plan and certificate program dedicated to blacksmithing.

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    1. Thanks for the tip, Keith. I'll get it up there shortly.

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  2. Just saw this on FaceBook! great idea and THANKS!!
    Would you be so kind as to add mine to the list!
    Pine Cone Forge
    Hallsville, TX 75650
    903-736-8990
    pineconeforge@yahoo.com
    www.pineconeforge.com
    Thank you!
    Thomas Dean (Tommy)

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    1. You bet, Tommy! Thanks for the info.

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  3. AnonymousJune 19, 2014

    Anything in the San Antonio area appropriate for youth?

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    1. Hi there! Yep, The Human Path offers Kids' Introduction to Blacksmithing classes in San Antonio. For more information: http://thehumanpath.com/youth/kids-outdoor-education.htm

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    2. AnonymousJune 21, 2014

      Many thanks!!!!

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  4. Are there any classes or demonstrations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for youth?

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  5. Hi there. Dallas Heritage Village is a place to start depending on age range. They offer instruction for 15-17 year-olds with an adult. The site with info is here: https://www.dallasheritagevillage.org/Blacksmithing.aspx

    It might be worth it to contact Stoneplace or Grapevine Blacksmith Shop to get a feel for what they offer. Their contact information is available above.

    Thanks for the question!

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    1. Do you know if dallas heritage village is still offering the blacksmith classes for youths?

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    2. Hi Collin-

      From what I can see there aren't any classes on offer right now. This page: https://www.dallasheritagevillage.org/programs/childrens-programs/ will have the most up-to-date info and a calendar of current offerings.

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  6. My son told me he wants to be a blacksmith.he is 15 and not a great student at school.however,if he shows an interest in anything i will support him.Is there anywhere in Centex where he can apprentice on weekends???

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  7. Balcones Forge is an excellent resource for Central Texas blacksmithing information. It's an affiliate of ABANA with a ton of information on the trade. I'm not aware of an age limitation for membership, but you can review their website here: http://www.balconesforge.org/

    The contact page for their board is here: http://www.balconesforge.org/contactinformation

    They'll have much better information for you specific to your son's interest.

    Let me know if there's anything else I can help with.

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  8. Is there anything near Perryton,Tx

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    1. Hi Michael-

      The closest options to you would be the workshops put on by the Oklahoma affiliate of ABANA, The Saltfork Craftsmen Artist-Blacksmith Association.

      Their site: saltforkcraftsmen.org has more information.

      You could also contact Balcones Forge to see if they have some information. They're in Central Texas, but might have some ideas for where to look.

      Cheers!

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  9. My boyfriend is interested in becoming a blacksmith, we live in North Texas (DFW). Does he have to go to college to learn this trade or can he simply take classes?

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    1. Hi Alex! Your boyfriend doesn't need to go to college to become a blacksmith. He doesn't necessarily have to learn from another blacksmith, either.

      Some smiths pick it up on their own reading books, watching videos, and trying things out.

      The main advantage of taking a class from an established blacksmith is that it can shorten the learning process quite a bit. There will still be a lot of trial and error, but the working smith can provide a lot of guidance in real time.

      Homestead Heritage listed above is in Elm Mott, a little over an hour south of DFW, just north of Waco. They offer classes for complete beginners. More information here: http://www.homesteadheritageforge.com/blacksmithing-classes/

      Let me know if you have more questions. Best of luck!

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  10. Hi I was wondering if there are any blacksmith classes around the Brownwood area

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    1. Hello! The closest classes to you are going to be in Austin or Dallas. So far we haven't found anything closer.

      Here are a few to look into in Austin and Dallas:

      Austin Community College
      Steep Hollow Forge Works

      Dallas Heritage Museum
      Stoneplace Ministries

      My recommendation is to contact Austin Community College and The Dallas Heritage Museum (contact details are on this page) and ask them for suggestions. They should be able to point you in the right direction.

      Cheers!

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  11. Are there any blacksmithing classes near Corpus Christi, Texas?

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    1. Hello Lourdes-

      I think your best bet is to contact the Art Center of Corpus Christi - artcentercc.org. They have hosted blacksmithing classes in the past and can most likely point you in the right direction.

      Cheers!

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  12. Hi there. Have you heard of anything in the Houston/Galveston area? I've had no luck finding anything for myself or my 14 year old.

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    1. Hello!

      Thanks for your question. Check out the Houston Area Blacksmiths Association here:

      habairon.org

      They encourage those under 18 to attend HABA functions as long as they are accompanied by an adult family member.

      Membership is $20 per year.

      Their next event is February 18th in Bryan, TX (information on the home page), but they have events closer to Houston throughout the year.

      Attending these functions is a good introduction to the craft and a chance to ask questions about private lessons, equipment, and techniques.

      Let me know if you have additional questions.

      -Terran

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    2. AnonymousJuly 19, 2017

      There is a small school just opened up north of Houston, Texas. On Facebook it can be located by searching Dueling Hammers. The classes are small, but the reviews look good.

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  13. I'm the instructor at Brookhaven College in the Dallas County Community College district. We offer four levels of classes for blacksmithing. All classes build on each other while also building you the students skills and their own hand made tools. Once all four classes have been achieved, the fourth class is repeatable. These classes also prepare students for tasks they will need in the current fabrication and custom ironworking businesses and to work in historical shops at the local (and beyond) museums. Brookhaven offers these classes as part of the Continuing Education programs so there is no out of county costs, and the classs are 12 weeks of 4 hour classes each of the three semesters offered each year.

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    1. Hi Kelly-

      Thanks for the additional information about Brookhaven's offerings! Feel free to contact me at diyblacksmith@gmail.com if Brookhaven is interested in advertising on this page.

      -Terran

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  14. Hello,

    My name is Matt Pohorelsky. I am the studio manager and blacksmith instructor at Creative Side Metal Works in Austin, TX. We offer basic four hour forging classes, weekend classes, and 7 week blacksmith immersion classes. The classes run throughout the year. We also offer an open studio opportunity to work further on your own projects with supervision and guidance.

    The school is located at:

    2311 Thornton road
    suite Q
    Austin, TX 78704
    512-799-0731
    Matt@creativside.org
    www.creativeside.org

    I would appreciate being added to the list.

    Thank you

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    1. Hi Matt-

      Thank you for the information. It's been added under "Austin." Let me know if there's anything else I can help with.

      -Terran

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