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The Organic Farm School

Location: PO Box 837 Freeland, WA 98249

Description: An experiential training program designed for aspiring farms to learn and practice the skills they need to run a small-scale organic farm.


Category: Gardening, Pest Control, Carpentry, Animal husbandry, Beekeeping, soil management

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Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture

Location: 608 Dry Creek Rd. · Waco, TX 76705

Description: Our goal is to transmit a vision for a cohesive, integrated agrarian way of life, but one that aims toward bringing forth complete individuals and whole families in a supportive and tangible context, a context respectful of the natural environment. We are dedicated to recapturing and perpetuating a sense of intentional community which includes rediscovering and perpetuating the knowledge and skills that can provide for essential human needs (both socially and spiritually as well as materially) on a sustainable basis.

Contact: http://www.SustainLife.Org,, (254) 754-9600

Category: Gardening, Beekeeping, Poultry, Dairy Cows, Dairy Goats, Horse, Organic, Gardening, Orchards, Bread/Pizza, Cheese making, Soap making, Basket making, Fiber arts, carpentry, Blacksmithing, Pottery, Quilting

The Steel Yard

Location: 27 Sims Ave, Providence RI

Description: The Steel Yard is an award-winning industrial arts center, a manufacturer of custom and functional public-art, a craft school and shared studio, and Providence's most unique private outdoor venue.

Contact:, , 401.273.7101

Category: Blacksmithing, Welding, Jewelry, Pottery,

New England School of Metalwork

Location: 7 Albiston Way Auburn, Maine 04210

Description: An educational facility devoted to the promotion and strengthening of metalworking skills.

Contact:,, 888-753-7502

Category: Metalwork, Blacksmithing, Welding

Prepper Camp

Location: 460 Orchard Lake Rd, Saluda, NC 28773

Description: An annual event where vendors and attendees alike can learn preparedness skills.


Category: Aquaponics, Beekeeping, Hunting, Survival, Cooking, Blacksmithing, Beer, Wine, Cheese making, Food Preservation, Camping, Gardening, Animal Husbandry, Fiber Animals, Firearms, Off the grid, Trapping, Foraging, Plant ID

Christopher Nyerges

Location: 4550 Oak Grove Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Description: Regular field trips and workshops to learn about urban and wilderness self-reliance and survival. Learn about WILD FOODS, WILDERNESS SKILLS (such as fire-making, weaponry, shelter-building, etc.), URBAN SKILLS (such as food and water storage, emergency preparedness, alternates to electricity, etc.), and general NATURE AWARENESS and ECOLOGY awareness.

Contact:,, (626) 791-3217

Category: plant ID, survival, foraging, off the grid, biology, Basket making, camping,cooking, trapping, hunting, blacksmithing

Prospect Hill Forge

Location: P.O.Box 541372 Waltham MA 02454-1372

Description: We feel that it's important that our students understand that there is no one way to pursue this craft and there is no one perfect set of tools that will handle all jobs. A forge can be anything from a couple of holes in the ground and a shingle to a carefully fitted induction coil, or anything in between.

Contact:,, 781 816 9433

Category: blacksmithing

Sanborn Mills Farm

Location: 7097 Sanborn Road Loudon, New Hampshire 03307

Description: Sanborn Mills Farm is a traditional New Hampshire farm and nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainability, creativity, and preserving folklife and agricultural knowledge so that the best of the past can help shape our future. Our workshops are offered from April to early November. If the workshops in the UPCOMING EVENTS are full, check out our CALENDAR for more listings.

Contact:,, (603) 435-7314

Category: blacksmithing, horse, fiber arts, animal-other, animal husbandry,

Morrell Metalsmith

Location: 207 Greenfield Rd Colrain, MA 01340

Description: A family run business dedicated to continuing the craft of metalworking

Contact:,, 413-624-1200

Category: Blacksmithing, Metalwork

Hammersmith Studios / Classical Blacksmithing School of Boston

Location: 70 Linden Street, Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464

Description: A school with the hopes of providing people that are interested in the art of blacksmithing a venue to go to and learn the basic skills needed to create hand forged objects and art

Contact:,, 617-969-5424

Category: blacksmithing, metal work

Woodcrest Farm School

Location: 5604 Dairyland Rd Hillsborough, NC 27278

Description: A family farm that finds great joy in sharing the heritage of the land, breeds and skills unique to the Orange Grove area

Contact:,, 919-933-5105

Category: Cheese making, Blacksmithing, Crochet / Knitting, Quilting, Dairy Animals, Homesteading

The Crucible

Location: 1260 7th Street Oakland, CA 94607

Description: At The Crucible, classes are designed for beginners as well as experienced artists and tradespeople. The Crucible’s educational programs serve over 8,500 people each year in over 175 classes and workshops. Our hands-on classes average one instructor for every six students, guaranteeing that each student receives personal attention and learns technical methods in a format that allows them to gain practical, working knowledge of material processes.

Contact:,, 510-444-0919

Category: Welding, Glass work, Blacksmithing, Metalwork,

Adirondack Folk School

Location: P. O. Box 2 51 Main Street Lake Luzerne, NY 12846

Description: Adirondack Folk School (AFS) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, unique for its dedication to teaching the arts, crafts, and cultural heritage of the Adirondack region. Made up of local artisans, crafts people, and volunteers, we offer non-competitive education focusing on the student.

Contact:,, 518-696-2400

Category: blacksmithing, basket making, gardening, carpentry, pottery, cooking, kids, fiber crafts, leather, jewelry, timber framing, soap making, essential oils, food preservation, cheese making, trades, masonry,

Brookfield Craft Center

Location: 286 Whisconier Road (Route 25) Brookfield, CT 06804-0122

Description: Brookfield Craft Center is recognized as one of the finest professional schools for creative study in America, dedicated to teaching traditional and contemporary craft skills, and fostering the appreciation of fine craftsmanship. Students can explore blacksmithing, bladesmithing, ceramics, fused glass, flameworking, jewelrymaking, woodturning, weaving and fiber arts. Other areas of special interest include business, marketing and photography for artists; decorative arts; drawing and painting.

Contact:,, 203-775-4526

Category: pottery, fiber arts, glass work, jewelry, carpentry, blacksmithing,

Center for Metal Arts

Location: 44 Jayne Street Village of Florida, NY 10921

Description: The Center for Metal Arts is a community of metalsmiths, artists, and students exploring new skills or mastering advanced techniques in the metal arts. We offer beginner through advanced forging and metalsmithing workshops. With a state of the art facility, CMA specialises in technique based workshops and providing the metals community with quality forging tools made with pride by our in house blacksmiths.

Contact:,, 860-573-4918

Category: blacksmithing, jewelry,


Location: 411 Church Street P.O. Box 589 Guilford, CT 06437

Description: GUILFORD ART CENTER is a non-profit organization that inspires and promotes community participation in the visual arts through education, exhibitions, and outreach. The School annually serves over 2,000 students, from preschool-aged through senior citizens, in four semesters of approximately 400 classes annually, including ceramics, jewelry, metalsmithing, weaving, glass, drawing and painting, blacksmithing, and stone carving.

Contact:,, 203-453-5947

Category: pottery, jewelry, metal, blacksmithing, weaving, glass, painting, sewing,

Hannaway Blacksmith Shop

Location: 677 Great Rd Lincoln, RI 02865

Description: The original shop, begun in 1880, was donated by Hannaway’s family to the Town of Lincoln and moved to this site in 1989. Today, the traditions of turn-of-the-century blacksmithing have returned. The original tools used by William Hannaway over 100 years ago hang once again in the shop. Stop by on Saturday or Sunday mornings and you’ll hear the sound of the anvil and odor of coal and hot steel returned to the Hannaway Shop in 2004, as turn-of-the-century blacksmithing demonstrations and classes take place.

Contact:,, 401-726-0597

Category: blacksmithing

Hotanvil Forge

Location: Green Mountains of Vermont, Huntington Ctr 05462

Description: My name is Robert Bordeaux and this is my web site for my adventures into the world of Bladesmithing and Blacksmithing and a few other sidelines to go along with it all.I have been getting alot of requests of late to teach people how to make their own knives.I have taught many already but have now decided I will start teaching basic bladesmithing on weekends from my shop. I will be charging 150.00 per student max of 2-3 for the weekend class which includes both saturday and sunday and they will be long days.


Category: blacksmithing,

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum / Rinehart Blacksmith Arts Center

Location: 4472 Basin Harbor Rd. Vergennes, VT 05491

Description: The 1,800-square-foot Rinehart Blacksmith Arts Center is a state-of-the-art facility for blacksmith instruction. Four fully equipped work stations are available for student use, and LCMM offers courses & workshops for nearly every level of blacksmith instruction, from teens to expert. This facility was made possible in large part by Warren Rinehart, whose inspiration and generosity founded this center. He continues to inspire us with his work - stop by and see what he's working on now!

Contact:,, 802-475-2022

Category: blacksmithing,metal work

New England School of Metalwork

Location: 7 Albiston Way Auburn, ME 04210

Description: The New England School of Metalwork is a full 501 C3 non-profit educational facility devoted to the promotion and strengthening of metalworking skills. Started in 2000 and located in Auburn, Maine, the concept of the school was developed by Maine Oxy, a local welding distributor and Dereck Glaser, a local artisan metalsmith. After several years of individuals inquiring about welding skills and ornamental metalwork instruction the decision was made to build the school. We set to the task of designing and planning a dual purpose facility for metalsmithing and welding.

Contact:,, 888-753-7502

Category: blacksmithing, metal work, welding,

Mystic Seaport

Location: 75 Greenmanville Avenue PO Box 6000 Mystic, CT 06355

Description: Many people know Mystic Seaport as one of Connecticut’s most popular tourist destinations, full of one-of-a-kind sights, activities, and attractions. But not as many know that Mystic Seaport also offers just as many unique educational opportunities, for everyone from children and teenagers to grad students and grandmothers. Get a degree. Take a field trip. Build a boat. Learn to sail. The IQ-enhancing choices are endless. Best of all, they’re fun.

Contact:,, 860.572.0711

Category: blacksmithing, cooking, carpentry, Modern Celestial Navigation

South County Museum

Location: 115 Strathmore St, Narragansett, RI 02882

Description: Come to the South County Museum, where Rhode Island’s coastal legacy has been celebrated since 1933. Here you can explore a rich heritage of rural and coastal life. Our beautiful seven-acre campus is in a 174-acre town park that was the 19th-century estate of Rhode Island’s Civil War-era governor and postwar senator, William Sprague. Explore history in the one-room schoolhouse, carriage barn and carpentry shop. Watch artisans at work in the blacksmith shop and print shop. Wander through the Canonchet Estate stable ruins, visit the Rhode Island Red heritage flock and our other farm animals. Our grounds feature heirloom flower and herb gardens, and they are bounded by woods, meadows, and salt marshes accessible on marked walking trails.


Category: blacksmithing

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