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Get to Know Forging: Bottle Opener

Regular price $80.00
Regular price Sale price $80.00

Instructor: Elizabeth Belz

Saturday, February 18

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

Ages: 16+

Beginning level. No experience required.

Have fun and explore the forge while learning to taper, twist, and flatten hot steel. During this four-hour workshop, students will create a custom bottle opener while learning safety and forging basics with Elizabeth Belz, Blacksmithing and Metals Coordinator at the John C Campbell Folk School.

All materials are included in the Materials Kit Fee of $10, PAYABLE TO THE INSTRUCTOR at the time of the workshop.

*Payment by cash or check is required for materials fees.

*This workshop takes place on the John C. Campbell Folk School Campus in the Clay Spencer Blacksmith Shop.  Campus Map 

Students will need to bring:

  • All cotton clothing
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Eye protection and hearing protection (we have some shared ones in the shop for use)
  • Long hair must be tied back

 *Masks are recommended, but not required while participating in a workshop or event

 About Elizabeth Belz:

Elizabeth is a blacksmith, educator, and the owner of Black Widow Forge. She was the blacksmithing apprentice at the Metal Museum in Memphis, TN for two years where she trained under master smith Jim Masterson. She was a craft education intern at North House Folk School, a resident artist with the Science Museum of MN, and has spent time at craft and folk schools across the country. Elizabeth has shown her work, competed, and taught blacksmithing throughout the United States and internationally, and has most recently finished up an artist residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Elizabeth sits on the board of the Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths which is an international nonprofit committed to building equity and diversity in the field of blacksmithing.