Mentorship program

The Fall 2021 mentorship program is currently underway. Applications will be closed until January 2022. Please come back then!  

The SIBs Mentorship Program serves underrepresented populations and those that historically have had less access to blacksmithing and metal arts. This program matches mentees and mentors around areas of interest or identity in order to create meaningful connections. This is a remote mentorship program, with no in-person instruction or meetings. The goal is to provide support to those who are currently practicing the craft in order to advance their abilities and learn how to navigate becoming a professional blacksmith or metal artist. 

Who can apply?

Anyone over the age of 18 can apply to the SIBs Mentorship Program. We recognize that many successful professional blacksmiths are men, and that they have resources and knowledge that are very valuable.
Although all are welcome to apply as mentees, the Mission Statement of SIBs prioritizes the participation of women, people of color, LGBTQIA individuals, those with disabilities, and others who are historically underrepresented in the field. Minors are not eligible to apply at this time. This is a virtual mentorship program mentees must have their own tools and access to a place to work to be able to participate effectively.

Who can be a Mentor?

Anyone over the age of 18 can apply to be a SIBs Mentor. Metalwork does not have to be your full time job as long as you have knowledge that will be valuable to a mentee. 

This is a virtual program so you will not be expected to host mentees in your work space.

Who can be a Mentee?

Anyone over the age of 18 who currently has access to metalworking tools and facilities can apply to be a SIBs mentee. The mentorship program prioritize smiths from historically underrepresented populations as mentees.
This is a virtual mentorship program - you must have your own tools and access to a place to work to be able to participate effectively.

How does it work? 

After being paired, mentors and mentees commit to communicating for four hours per month for a three month period, a total of 12 hours minimum contact time. This communication will be all virtual and can be in the form of phone calls, emails, video calls, etc. Mentors and mentees are free to establish their preferred methods of communication and schedules. 

Not able to apply for the program right now? That's ok! You can sign the code of conduct to be a SIBling and get our newsletter on the                     page. And check out the                                            or                                      pages for other ways to participate in and contribute to the community. Plus, you can always                      if you would like to provide financial support to help fund our scholarships and other work. Thanks!