Intro to Blacksmithing

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Event Category

Arts & DIY

Event Overview

Students will be learning the techniques of forging a leaf that can be turned into a keychain, a ring or a leaf wall hook. These basic techniques cross over to many other uses and are the perfect starting points for anyone interested in the age old art of blacksmithing. The students will learn to taper, create a shoulder, have hammer control, shape a leaf and leave with more confidence in their capabilities.

NOTE: Please wear cotton or denim (something that doesn't burn easily), and closed-toe shoes. If you have work gloves you like those are also recommended.

Bio - Betsy Bower has been working with metal since she was 12 years old. She grew up welding and practicing blacksmithing in her dad's shop, Bower Welding & Ornamental Iron. In her mid-20's she branched off on her own, creating numerous public sculptures, accent pieces and beautiful functional works for homes and public spaces. In 2020 the Nicolaysen Art Museum hosted her exhibition titled 'Dreams' and, in the same year, a glowing, flaming heart-shaped piece she built went to Burning Man for the first time. You can find her at and @betsybower on TikTok and Instagram. Betsy Bower Sculpture on Facebook.

What to Bring

Closed-toed shoes, long pants, and natural fabrics are a must.

Minimum age

18 years or older

What's Provided

All materials provided.

Cancellation Policy

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The Denver Tool Library offers classes in woodworking, home repair/remodeling, metalworking, arts and crafts, and more!

We also have a Community Workshop so you can work on your own projects outside of class, plus over 5000 take home tools you can borrow to get the job done at home.

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