Blacksmith Classes

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Arrowhead Forge is a working blacksmith shop operated by David W. Osmundsen in Buffalo, Wyoming at the base of the Big Horn Mountains. Buffalo is a small town with a quaint Old West atmosphere. The shop is located a block from small stores, galleries, restaurants and museums, yet offers trout fishing and hiking right out of the door.

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As a begining student at Arrowhead Forge School of Blacksmithing, you will learn by doing, the use of the coal forge, anvil, and hand tools. Some of the techniques taught during the 5-day beginning class are drawing out, twisting, upsetting, fullering, punching, hot cutting, riveting, bending, forge welding, and simple tool making including hardening and tempering. An introduction to the gas forge and power hammer will also be presented. Each day students will  complete one or more projects to take home and have plenty of time to design and make a personal project using the skills learned.

The Toolsmithing class is also five days. You will have the oppurtinity to forge a cross pein hammer, tongs, hardy tools, spring swage and several other hand tools important in any blacksmithing kit. Steel selection and heat treating is an important part of the class. If time allows we will cover axe making. You will leave this class with a great collection of blacksmithing tools and the knowledge to make more.

The Journryman Class focuses on classic joinery and scroll work. During this 12 day class you will learn how to design and build a small ornamental grille. Part of the process is making the tools to complete the project. This class is limited to two students.

Each class is limited to two to three students, which provides a personal teaching atmosphere not found in most other schools. Each student will have a forge and anvil to work with, and all tools and materials are provided. Classes are held monthly to accommodate most schedules.

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The instructor, David W. Osmundsen, started blacksmithing in 1976. His experience since then has been as an artist blacksmith, industral tool smith, and gunsmith. He has taught blacksmithing in Colorado, Maine, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. David's functional iron art and primitive recreations have been displayed in several galleries across the nation, and he has completed work for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Park Service, and the National Forest Service. David is certified by The Northern Rockies Blacksmith Association to teach the National Curriculm of the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America.

To have a student packet containing current pricing, current schedule, course description, registration and local accommodations mailed to you, please send your mailing address to:

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or call 307-684-2338

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Beginning Blacksmithing
5 Days
Beginner Level
5 days
Intermediate Level

Journeyman Class
12 Days
Intermediate / Advanced Level









 In addition to the regular curriculum classes I also offer special project classes. Each class fills one to two weeks. Projects could include Primitive Knives and Axes, Garden Gates, Botanical Sculptures, Household furnishings (Coffee Tables, End Tables, Bar Stools, etc...). Use your immagination. Send me an email with your interests.



Member Artist-Blacksmith Association of North America Member Northern Rockies Blacksmiths Association


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