Enrollment Code: ARB101 or ARB102
Instructors: Jeff Janos

Learn the ancient art of metal forming from experienced blacksmiths Chris Opresko and Jeff Janos of the National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH). This series include proper safety, materials and how to heat and form metal in a variety of ways. Students will be able to take home their own hand-forged projects, from “S” hooks to post hooks and leaves. No prior experience needed.

This course teaches:

  • Shop Safety
  • Equipment Used
  • Types of Metal
  • Hammer Techniques
  • Simple Forging Task (drawing out, pig tails, curving and sealing)
  • Twisting
  • Forging Temperatures

Projects Include:

  • Post Hook
  • "S" Hook with a Twist
  • Garden Hook

*Free bus service from Bangor Area School District is available to students, call (610)588-5817 for details.

3:30 - 5:30 (ARB101)
6:30 - 8:30 (ARB102)
6 sessions starting
January 24, 2017, March 7, 2017, May 9, 2017, June 20, 2017, September 12, 2017, October 24, 2017
Non-Members $150
Members $120
Teen Members* $60
 + $20 materials fee


Blacksmithing classes subject to a $20 materials fee.
*Teen Members must be accepted into this class based on experience.
To be eligible for members pricing, you must first purchase a membership.
Memberships are effective August 1, 2016 through July 31, 2017.
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