Schools and Shops 

Below is a list of individual shops and schools that have signed on to the SIBs code of conduct and are committed to building a supportive community and fostering safe and inclusive classes.  

If you would like your shop or school to be on this list, just click the button to head over, take a look at the code of conduct, and sign on! 

code of conduct

SchoolS AND ORGANIZATIONS

Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center

The Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center (CAFAC) is a non-profit arts organization located in Minneapolis Minnesota, USA. They focus on art forms produced using heat, spark, or flame: blacksmithing, enameling, glass, jewelry making, metal casting, neon, sculptural welding, and more. The pillars of their programming are arts education, artist support, and public art, which together provide a platform for social impact and community-driven resources.

Desert Metal Craft

Desert Metal Craft is located in Tucson Arizona, USA, and is dedicated to teaching the ancient art of blacksmithing together with the modern science behind the craft of metalworking. Develop your artisanal skills in a safe, collaborative learning environment in a fully equipped forge, supported by a team of experienced blacksmiths, metal workers, artists and metallurgists.

Fever Metal Art Center

This school is run by Leslie Tharp and is located in Gainesville Florida, USA. "Hands-on Workshops are a great way to dive into the world of blacksmithing and [Fe]ver offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to begin learning. No experience is required to participate unless noted in the class description. Enjoy small class sizes and learn step by step the techniques involved in completing the project of your choice."

Hardy & Fuller LLC

Hardy & Fuller is a unique project that combines several goals to enrich and improve the artistic community in Denver, Colorado. First, to offer a safe space for those underrepresented in specialized metal trades, such as women and the LGBTQ+, disabled, and BIPOC communities. Second, to provide the community with access to a fully equipped shop that facilitates the development and creation of metal artworks. Last, but definitely not least, to build a nonprofit that will fund an artist in residency program, scholarship opportunities for disadvantaged youth, as well as any other way we can bring the confidence and strength of metal working to those that need it the most.

John C. Campbell Folk School

Tucked away in the mountains of western North Carolina, the John C. Campbell Folk School offers weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography, writing, and more. Our non-competitive and small-sized classes are offered year-round on a scenic 270-acre campus, attracting students from all over the world. The Folk School is committed to providing everyone with a positive experience of learning and sharing in a safe environment.

Kentucky Forge Council

The Kentucky Forge Council is a community based blacksmith group, contact Charles Hurst (he/him) at Charles.hurst@wku.edu for more information.

Ms Caitlin's School of Blacksmithing

At Ms Caitlin's School, we want EVERYONE to have a chance to learn blacksmithing, regardless of whether they "look like a blacksmith". Ms Caitlin joined a group of 10 other professional female blacksmiths & metalworkers in Portland, OR in 2018 to found The Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths. Our mission is to support and promote the craft of blacksmithing, custom-made metalwork, and the blacksmithing community. And to support and promote diversity in the blacksmithing community.

New Agrarian School

Fusing imagination with a practice rooted in very tangible skills, we endeavor to fuel individual creativity with heart, mind, and hand. We believe deeply that human beings are inherently makers, and that the practice of making enhances our lives both as individuals and members of a larger community." This school is Located in Bigfork Montana, USA.

Northhouse Folk School

"Our mission is to enrich lives and build community by teaching traditional northern crafts in a student-centered learning environment that inspires the hands, the heart and the mind." This school is located in Grand Marais Minnesota, USA

Original International Blacksmithing

An online blacksmithing group. Code of Conduct was signed by Stuart Geisler (he/him) who can be contacted at stuarttheblacksmith@yahoo.com.

Penland School of Craft Iron Studio

The Penland iron program offers beginning to advanced workshops in traditional and contemporary blacksmithing, metalworking, and sculpture. The studio provides space and specialty equipment for the exploration of concept and technique in ferrous and nonferrous metals.

Peter's Valley School of Craft

Peters Valley School of Craft is located in Layton New Jersey, USA. They champion the unifying power of art, craft, and creativity; celebrate the diversity of our shared humanity; and condemn racism and violence in all forms.

Personal shops

Iggy's Forge

The personal shop of Sierra Hardy (she/her)

Emily Bruno

Emily (she/her) is signing on behalf of the Guns to Gardens chapter in Tallahassee.

Pete Gierzynski (he/him)

The personal workshop of Pete Gierzynski.

The Original International Blacksmithing

An international facebook group. Signed on to the COC by admin Stuart Geisler.

Austin Metal Collective

The work of Kye Flannery, a chaplain and metal sculptor in Austin Texas.

United Trans Creatives

Jamaican LGBTQIA+ creatives breaking barriers in Fashion, Activism and Social Justice.

Becca Cerra LLC (she/her)

Becca Cerra LLC provides one-of-a-kind creations that combine traditional craft practices with contemporary art-making approaches to imagine something truly unique and memorable.

Semicolon Craft and Forgeworks

A school and shop run by Sean Crane (he/him). "We provide a safe and knowledgeable space to learn and practice
the craft of blacksmithing."

Manuka Forge Inc

At Manuka Forge Artist Blacksmith John Monteath (he/him) has created bespoke architectural ironwork since 1996. ... He designs individual, highly customized, hand crafted wrought iron pieces using an ancient tradition to create exclusive works of art for your home.

Clay and Steel

The custom blacksmith shop of Celeste Flores (she/her).

Southpaw Blacksmith

Personal shop of Max Gilbraith (he/him) located in Worcester Massachusetts.

Forge and Nail

Personal shop of Silas Maddox (he/him) located in Sedro-Woolley Washington.