The Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing (VIB) was founded to offer information and instruction in traditional blacksmithing ranging from beginning blacksmithing, technique and project driven classes to advanced certification.
Classes at the Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing are open to men and women of all ages and skill level.
Blacksmithing classes are taught by Dale Morse, a blacksmith with 37 years forging experience. Visiting instructors are also available for specialized courses.
The VIB facility located in Waynesboro, Virginia has capacity for eleven blacksmithing students per class. An assortment of modern and antique equipment is used including coal and gas forges, anvils, hand-held and power hammers, band-saws and swages.
VIB also offers classes in metalsmithing jewelry and MIG welding.
Beginning jewelry classes are taught by Karen Friedlander in our new jewelry studio space. Karen’s classes are about interpreting traditional ironwork into a piece of beautiful jewelry using copper and brass.
MIG welding classes are taught by David Hall. The welding classes are structured to teach the basics in welding, creative welding for the weekend warrior. Please note that the welding classes are not to be considered formal training in welding. Certification is not available.
Registration for all classes can be successful through this website. PayPal buttons are located after each class for easy registration (your PayPal receipt is your class registration confirmation) or registration can be made through Blue Ridge Community College. Blacksmith certification students please register through Blue Ridge Community College.
The Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing is a member of the following groups: Shenandoah Valley Blacksmithing Guild, Central Virginia Blacksmithing, Artisans Center of Virginia (ACV) and the Shenandoah Valley Art Center (SVAC).