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Tucson’s blacksmith school offers you a chance to try it for free

Desert Metal Craft gives you a chance try learning how to forge for free

Desert Metal Craft is offering their first all-ages open house to try your hand at blacksmithing this Saturday. And the best part is that it is a free event for the whole community

They even will let you bring your own projects to work on, or you can let them suggest a project.

“We play with fire! Everything is hot and you get to mash metal with a hammer!”, jokes Rich Greenwood, a professional bladesmith.

Rich, along with fellow blacksmiths Liz Cameron and Pete Brown, brought their passion to the public by opening Desert Metal Craft last February, the Southwest’s only school dedicated to teaching the ancient art of blacksmithing together with the modern science behind the craft of metalworking.

Rich has quite a pedigree in the blacksmithing world, with customers from all around the country purchasing his work. And, if he looks familiar, you might recognize him as a contestant on the premiere episode of History Channel’s smash-hit television series, “Forged in Fire”. Thanks to that show, bladesmithing has become as red-hot as the raw metal being pulled from DMC’s furnace. “I think [Forged in Fire] sparked a lot of people’s interest in bladesmithing, blacksmithing and all types of metal work.”

This year’s first Open Forge takes place January 11 from 9am-12pm. If you can’t make it, the event happens once a month. Here are the next few dates:

  • February 22nd
  • March 28th
  • April 25th
  • May 16th

Also, mark your calendars for February 8th as they celebrate their one year anniversary with the Carnival of Fire.This celebration of all things fiery will be a block-party style inside and outside the Desert Metal Craft shop, and will include:

• Blacksmithing demonstrations
• Blacksmithing classes
• Live and interactive art welding fabrication project
• Axe throwing
• Live bands
• DJs
• Fire dancers
• Food trucks
• Metal art exhibition and vendors
• Much, much more!

Entry is FREE to this all-ages metallopalooza! Tickets will be sold for axe-throwing, classes, interactive projects, and so on.

For more information on all their events and classes, click here.