Schools and organizations
Below is a list of and schools and blacksmithing related organizations that have signed on to the SIBs code of conduct and are committed to building a supportive, equitable, and inclusive community and fostering safe and inclusive classes.
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Desert Metal Craft
Desert Metal Craft 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.
Lacombe Blacksmith Shop Museum
The Blacksmith Shop Museum is a Municipal and Provincial Historic Resource, built in 1902. As the oldest operating blacksmith shop in Alberta, it is located on its original site and much of the original machinery, including the forge, trip hammers and engine, are still in operating condition.
The Lacombe Blacksmith Shop Museum is open from Victoria Day Weekend to Labour Day Weekend annually to the public for live heritage demos and tours.
Expressive Metals School of Blacksmithing
Personal classes for the serious student taught by Randy McDaniel, an experienced, professional Blacksmith.
Berkeley Springs West Virginia
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.
Sloss has offered workshops, exhibitions, and conferences on all aspects of metal working—forging, fabricating and casting—but focuses primarily on the use of cast iron as a sculpture medium.
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.
Brasstown, North Carolina
Blacksmithing and welding classes taught by Marsha Sue Trattner (she/her).
Brooklyn New York
The Metal Museum
The mission of the Metal Museum (located in Memphis Tennessee) is to preserve, promote, and advance the art and craft of fine metalwork. The Metal Museum achieves its mission through four interrelated programming areas - rotating exhibitions of historic and contemporary metalwork; the Permanent Collection of objects, books, folios, and archives; the Metals Studios comprised of a Blacksmith Shop, Foundry, small metals lab, and design lab that provide educational opportunities for metalsmiths through artistic creation; and vibrant community education and engagement programming for learners of all ages.
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.
Eureka Springs School of the Arts
In the belief that art is vital to the human spirit, the Eureka Springs School of the Arts commits itself to cultivating, promoting, and encouraging artistic expression by providing art and fine craft education opportunities for students of all levels in a unique environment of beauty and creativity. Located in Eureka Springs Arkansas.
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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.
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."
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
Grand Marais, Minnesota
Guilford Art Center
All are welcome at Guilford Art Center and encouraged to discover, explore, and nurture creativity. Take a class or workshop, visit a gallery show, shop for quality handcrafted items by American artists, and attend our special events throughout the year. We are here to help you find something that works for YOU.
Emerson Waldorf School
We honor, protect and nurture the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development of each student. We cultivate critical thinking as a path to self-reliance by developing authenticity in feeling, and intentionality of action.
Hillsborough / Chapel Hill NC
Woodcrest Farm and Forge
Where food and community grow. Offering camps, classes, tours, eggs, natural meats, produce, and a full blacksmith’s forge.
Hillsborough North Carolina
Eric Sloane Museum
Step into the world of Eric Sloane, renowned Connecticut artist and author of 38 books. View his paintings, illustrations, and an extensive collection of early American hand tools, a tribute to American artisanship...Explore the museum’s scenic grounds near the Housatonic River, where you can also see the ruins of the Kent Iron Furnace and picturesque walking trails."
University of Louisiana Lafayette Sculpture Area
Offering classes taught by SIBs committee member Anne Bujold (she/her).
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.
Layton, New Jersey
Urban Crafts Foundation
The Urban Crafts Foundation is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company based at Lambourne End Centre for Outdoor Education in Essex. Our fully equipped blacksmiths forge is designed so that we can efficiently teach and carry out commissioned work.
London, United Kingdom
Shop and school run by the Knapp family. "The Knapp family prides themselves on creating hand crafted iron work that is functional and beautiful."
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
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.
Kootenay School of Arts
Learn blacksmithing, welding, bladesmithing and patterned steel techniques to create beautiful objects for both form and function.
Nakusp BC - Canada
RAW Tools Inc
An organization dedicated to disarming guns and promoting non-violence. "Turning guns into garden tools is at the center of the work of RAW tools. It connects our programs and enables storytelling—stories of magnificent transformation as well as the deep trauma of grief and loss."
The Crucible is a nonprofit organization and art school dedicated to making the fine and industrial arts accessible for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Our work is centered in Oakland and the East Bay, where we provide high-quality, fun classes and workshops to thousands of people each year. With over nineteen different art departments, including welding, blacksmithing, glass flameworking, and more, this 56,000-square-foot space is waiting for you to come find your next creative adventure.
As part of celebrating and empowering Oakland, we also offer free programming, scholarships, and paid leadership opportunities for youth and adults who live locally and otherwise could not participate.
Arbutus Folk School
"Our mission is to enrich lives and build community through joyful, hands-on learning with master artisans.
[We offer] year-round classes, workshops, resources, events, and artist residencies with a focus on ceramics, music, woodworking, blacksmithing, fiber arts, and folk & traditional arts." Blacksmithing classes are taught by Kelly Rigg (he/him) of Studio 23 Metalworks LLC.
Olympia Washington, USA
CERF+ was started by artists for artists in the craft community as a grassroots mutual aid effort in 1985 and has since emerged as the leading nonprofit organization that uniquely focuses on safeguarding artists’ livelihoods nationwide. CERF+ serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers.
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.
Penland North Carolina
The Steel Yard
The Steel Yard is a non-profit industrial art center and shared studio located in Providence Rhode Island. We’re an arts maker space and non-traditional craft school offering courses in blacksmithing, welding, jewelry, foundry, and ceramics. Depending on the program a student is enrolled in they may pay a subsidized fee, receive a scholarship or get paid to develop new skills.
Providence Rhode Island
Pratt Center For Fine Arts
Our mission is to foster a creative, inclusive art‐making community, providing access to quality education and professionally equipped studios for everyone. We promote the joy and transformative power of art and actively support the development of visual artists.
"Adam’s Forge is breathing life into an ancient craft. The preservation of this universal craft continues to unite people at Adam’s Forge, which maintains a safe and supportive workspace in Simi Valley for people of diverse cultures, races, and religions, regardless of their age-level, gender identities, sexual preferences, economic or social backgrounds, formal or informal schooling.
Simi Valley, California
Vancouver Hack Space
The Vancouver Hack Space (VHS) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit workshop where members share tools, equipment, space, knowledge, and good times. Located in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada