The class will be offered twice, both on Saturdays: Sept. 15, 8
a.m-3 p.m.; and Oct. 13, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
If you have ever thought
about trying your hand at pounding, bending and twisting metal, this
one-of-a-kind program is for you. In this hands-on class, you will
work side by side with a blacksmith who will give you guidance and
encouragement every step of the way. By the end of the day, you will
have one or two small completed projects to take home.
Anyone 16 and older is welcome to register. Spots are extremely
limited. In order to ensure a quality program and plenty of personal
attention, there will be a maximum of eight participants per class.
Participants are asked to wear a long-sleeved shirt and long
pants made of cotton or wool. No shorts or open-toed shoes, please.
No clothing or shoes (such as some athletic shoes) with nylon or
other flammable materials. Safety glasses must be worn and will be
provided if needed.
For additional information, contact Bill Kauffman at
The fee is $40 for members of Sugar Grove Nature Center or
Illinois Valley Blacksmith Association and $50 for nonmembers.
Registration and prepayment are required. A form is available at
www.sugargrovenaturecenter.org/registernow.pdf. For more information
or to register, phone 309-874-2174 or email
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Sugar Grove Nature Center is located in beautiful, historic Funks
Grove, just south of Bloomington-Normal. For a map and directions to
the nature center, membership and program information, visit
The mission of the Illinois Valley Blacksmith Association is to
help people realize their dreams and aspirations of constructive and
creative metalworking through participation in blacksmith
demonstrations, education and training programs; by capitalizing on
and sharing in the vast and varied experiences of the membership;
and by using the organization's library and video resources for
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Sugar Grove Nature