Beginner blacksmithing class offered at Sugar Grove Nature Center
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[August 19, 2013]
The Illinois Valley Blacksmith Association is offering a class for
beginning blacksmiths at the Sugar Grove Forge, located at Sugar
Grove Nature Center in Funks Grove. The class can be taken on Sept.
21 or Oct. 12, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. either day
If you have ever thought about trying your hand at pounding, bending
and twisting metal, this one-of-a-kind, hands-on program is for you.
Participants will work side-by-side with a blacksmith who will give
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 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 and 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 about the class, contact Bill Kauffman
The cost is $40 for members of Sugar Grove Nature Center or
Illinois Valley Blacksmith Association and $50 for nonmembers.
Lunch, tools and materials are included in the fee.
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Registration and prepayment are required by Sept. 6 for the
September class and by Sept. 27 for the October class. The
registration form is available at
preferred date on the registration form. For more information or to
register, phone 309-874-2174 or email
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 and training programs, by capitalizing on and sharing
in the vast and varied experiences of the membership, and by using
the association's library and video resources for blacksmiths.
Sugar Grove Nature Center is in historic Funks Grove, just south
of Bloomington-Normal. For a map and directions, membership and
program information, visit
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