Friday, August 29, 2014
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Beginning Blacksmith Class offered at Sugar Grove Nature Center
Registration deadline Sept. 5th

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[August 29, 2014]  Saturday, September 13; 8:00 a.m.-3:00 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 Beginning Blacksmith 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. Participants should wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants made of cotton or wool; no shorts or open-toed shoes. NO clothing or shoes with nylon or other flammable materials, such as some athletic shoes. Safety glasses must be worn and will be provided if needed. For more information about the class, contact Bill Kauffman at 309.208.2505.

The Illinois Valley Blacksmith Associationís mission is to help people realize their dreams and aspirations of constructive and creative metalworking through participation in their many blacksmith demonstrations, education, and training programs, and by capitalizing on and sharing in the vast experiences of their membership and by utilizing their library and video resources for blacksmiths.

Discounted fees are available for members of Sugar Grove Nature Center or Illinois Valley Blacksmith Association, Registration fee includes lunch, tools, and materials.

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Registration and prepayment required by September 5. Form available at

Anyone 16 and older is welcome to register.

For more information about this or other Nature Center programs, phone 309.874.2174 or email 

Sugar Grove Nature Center is located in beautiful, historic Funks Grove, Illinois just south of Bloomington-Normal off of Old Route 66. For a map and directions to the Nature Center, membership and program information, please visit us on-line at


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