In this introduction to blacksmithing class students will learn the basic working knowledge of blacksmithing with historical demonstrator Kevin Thompson of Electric City Forge. Students will have the opportunity to make items such as simple s-hooks and wall hooks. Students will learn the five basic techniques of blacksmithing which includes the drawing out, tapering, bending, scrolling and twisting of steel, in addition to basic finishing techniques. Students will also learn about safety in the blacksmith shop, history of the craft of blacksmithing, the fuel and materials used in blacksmithing, and how to build, maintain and use a coal fire.
Please dress appropriately with closed toed shoes, long pants and a long sleeved shirt. Safety equipment will be provided. Bring a water bottle. Instruction is for 5 hours between 9-12 and 1-3. We have scheduled a one hour lunch break so that students will have the opportunity to explore the site. Lunch is not provided, please bring your own. Please arrive at 8:45.
A minimum of four and a maximum of six students can enroll for this class. Students under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Fees are $100 per student which includes materials. Advanced registration is required one week prior to the date of the class, unless approved by the Hagood Mill Staff and the Instructor. Students can purchase tickets online. All fees will be refunded if minimum enrollment requirements are not met. No refunds will be made after the start date of the class. Students will have to sign a liability waiver the day of the class.
Why take blacksmithing at the Hagood Mill?
The Hagood Mill Historic is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Stepping on grounds here is like stepping back in time. The open air frontier blacksmith shop of the Hagood Mill lies within the shadows of the oldest surviving working grist mills in the state of South Carolina. The site also boasts historic log cabins, a cotton gin, a moonshine still and a visitor center and gift shop. Hagood Mill is also home to the SC Petroglyph Site, the only protected and most accessible rock art site in the state.