Class Schedule

Call 434-960-9718 before dropping by. We are typically out running errands and taking care of business during the week therefore we don’t have standard office hours outside of our scheduled classes and lab times.

Prices are listed on each individual course page.

  • Artistic Blacksmithing two-day classes are $249 per student for the weekend (both days, 9am-4pm)
  • Blacksmith’s Knife classes are $349 per student for the weekend (both days, 8am-4pm)
  • Hatchet & Throwing Knife classes are $249 per student for the weekend (both days, 9am-4pm)
  • Certificate of Artistic Blacksmithing classes are $499 per month
  • Two week ABS (American Bladesmith Society) Intro to Knifemaking courses are $1400
  • Five day Clay Spencer Tire Hammer building classes are $2500
  • Special workshops are priced individually. See the specific class page for more information.

We welcome students 10 years old and up for blacksmithing. Students must be 18 and up for bladesmithing classes. We suggest that the young smiths (<12 years old) either have a helper for a class like Hatchet or sign up for a different course.

Blacksmithing can be physically arduous. We would like YOU to make the decision for yourself but also would like you to have reasonable expectations.

Don’t see what you are looking for? Have a group? Looking for a unique Bachelor or Bachelorette party idea? Looking for a field trip for middle school or high school students? Contact us for Custom Blacksmithing Class availability! 

September 2021


25 – 26 Blacksmith’s Knife/Chopper  Currently Full
25 – 26 Welding Layout Table Three Spaces Left

October 2021

2 – 3 BSMTH 102
9 – 10 Fall Leaves Currently Full
11 – 14 German Style Chef/Butcher Knife NEW Currently Full
16 – 17 Throwing Knives and Tomahawks One Space Left 
23 – 24 Blacksmith’s Knife/Chef Currently Full
30 – 31 Grilling Tools Currently Full
30 – 31 Welding: Welding Cart

November 2021

6 – 7 BSMTH 103
8 – 11 Kitchen Cleaver Evening Knife Class
13 – 18 Intermediate Knifemaking/Handles and Guards Currently Full
20 – 21 Power Hammer Tool Class with Allen Kress NEW Eight Spaces Available
20 – 21 Welding: Layout Table

December 2021

4 – 5 BSMTH 104
6 – 9 Scandinavian Style Stick Tang Knife
11 – 12 Throwing Knives and Tomahawks Currently Full
18 – 19 Blacksmith’s Knife/Chopper Two Spaces Left
18 – 19 Welding: Welding Cart

January 2022

1 – 2 BSMTH 105
3 – 14 ABS Intro to Knifemaking
8 – 9 Build a Hatchet Two Spaces Left
15 – 16 Blacksmith’s Knife: Hunter/Utility
17 – 20 Kitchen Cleaver Evening Knife Class
22 – 23 Pattern Welded Damascus
29 – 30 Fire tools for the Home/Shop
29 – 30 Welding: Welding Table

February 2022

5 – 6 BSMTH 106
7 – 10 German Style Chef/Butcher Knife
12 – 13 Throwing Knives and Tomahawks
19 – 20 Blacksmith’s Knife – Chef/Kitchen Six Spaces Available
26 – 27 Leaves, Twists, and other Embellishments Two Spaces Available
26 – 27 Welding: Welding Cart

March 2022

5 – 6 BSMTH 107
12 – 13 Build a Hatchet
14 – 17 Seax Style Knife Evening Class
19 – 20 Blacksmith’s Knife: Chopper
26 – 27 Grilling Tools
26 – 27 Welding: Welding Table

April 2022

2 – 3 BSMTH 108
4 – 7 Scandinavian Style Stick Tang Knife
9 – 10 Throwing Knives and Tomahawks
16 – 17 Blacksmith’s Knife: Hunter/Utility
23 – 24 Floral Forms
23 – 24 Welding: Welding Cart
30 -May 1 Nails, Hinges, Hasps and Handles 

May 2022

2 – 5 Kitchen Cleaver Evening Class
 7 – 8 BSMTH 109
 14 – 15 Build a Hatchet
 21 – 22 Blacksmith’s Knife: Chef/Kitchen
23 – 27 Ellen Durkan: Wearable Ironwork
28 – 29 Campfire Cookset 
28 – 29 Welding: Layout Table

June 2022

4 – 5 BSMTH 110
13 – 16 German Style Chef/Butcher Knife
20 – July 1 ABS Intro to Knifemaking

July 2022

2 – 3 BSMTH 111
4  – 7 Seax Style Knife Evening Class
9 – 14 Clay Spencer Tire Power Hammer
16 – 17 Build a Hatchet
23 – 24 Blacksmith’s Knife: Hunter/Utility
30 – 31 Candlesticks
30 – 31 Welding: Welding Cart

August 2022

1 – 4 Scandinavian Style Stick Tang Knife
6 – 7 BSMTH 112
13 – 14 Throwing Knives and Tomahawks
20 – 21 Blacksmith’s Knife: Chef/Kitchen
27 – 28 Build a Spear
27 – 28 Welding: Layout Table

September 2022

3 – 4 BSMTH 101
10 – 11 Build a Hatchet
12 – 15 Kitchen Clever Evening Class
17 – 18 Blacksmith’s Knife: Chopper
24 – 25 Floral Forms
24 – 25 Welding: Welding Cart

October 2022

1 – 2 BSMTH 102
3 – 6 German Style Chef/Butcher Knife
8 – 9 Throwing Knives and Tomahawks
15 – 16 Blacksmith’s Knife – Hunter/Utility
22 – 23 Pattern Welded Damascus
29 – 30 Fall Leaves
29 – 30 Welding: Layout Table

November 2022

5 – 6 BSMTH 103
7 – 10 Seax Style Knife Evening Class
12 – 17 Intermediate Knife Making: Handles and Guards
19 – 20 Blacksmith’s Knife – Chef/Kitchen
19 – 20 Welding: Welding Cart

December 2022

3 – 4 BSMTH 104
5 – 8 Scandinavian Style Stick Tang Knife
10 – 11 Throwing Knives and Tomahawks
17 – 18 Blacksmith’s Knife- Chopper
17 – 18 Welding: Layout Table

Refund Policy: Class Refund Policy is that we will refund 100% of the class amount up to the Thursday before your class should you not be able to attend class after registration or you can transfer your payment to an equal or lesser cost class. If you have  additional questions, please feel free to email us at vibanvil@gmail.com

It is important to wear appropriate attire.  Only natural fiber clothing is allowed in the shop, absolutely no synthetic material.  Closed toe shoes or boots are acceptable, sandals are not.  Do not wear shorts or anything you do not want to get dirty.  The school is not heated or cooled, so please dress for the weather.  The office is partially heated.  Eye and ear protection is provided.