Blacksmithing Beginners Workshop

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Course outline:

This introductory workshop is a hands on experience,

The content of this workshop will be thought in blocks of 4 hours on 4 Saturdays on following dates:

Saturday   from 1pm to 5pm

Saturday  from 1pm to 5pm

Saturday  from 1pm to 5pm

Saturday   from 1pm to 5pm

This workshop will cover the basic methods of blacksmithing, which include Basic mechanics, striking technique, shaping, hot punching, hot cutting, upsetting,  scrolls, bending,  twisting, decorative features.

The workshop will cover short theory section followed by demos, and the majority of the time will be practice for the students, who will work in teams of two.

The students will be able to produce functioning black smiths chisels, as well as one ornamental project, chosen form a preselected list of projects.



All students will be required to wear proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required by Vancouver Community Laboratory safety policy which students will receive prior to the first class. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • All-leather boots or shoes (steel-toed boots preferred)
  • Long pants and long-sleeved shirt, or coveralls (dark-coloured, natural fibers only).
  • Safety goggles,
  • hearing protection


  • a pair of leather gloves,
  • leather apron

About the Instructors

Markus Kirchgasser, aka Max is trained as Millwright with more that 15 years of experience in the industry, and in his spare time is an adept Blacksmith, Machinist, Woodworker. His knowledge of metallurgy is extensive and lends itself well for tool-making at the forge. He has also been incorporating hand-blown glass into some of his ornamental forged work.

Lesha Koop graduated from the welding and steel fabrication programs at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, BC in 2003. Since then she has worked in various industrial shops, and currently creates custom mounting systems for museum displays in Vancouver. In 2007 she took a break to pursue training in blacksmithing and metal casting at Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, BC and combines all these skills into her practice as a sculptor and fabricator.


Registration deadline: Monday


Where: Vancouver Community Laboratory, 1907 Triumph Street, Vancouver

Cancellation deadline: Wednesday

Class size min 2 max 4. Course is $800. Prepayment is required,

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