​The Virginia School of Traditional Arts


 ​The Virginia School of Traditional Arts
 "503c status pending"

Presents
Project Preservation

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The Virginia School of Traditional Arts is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve the skills and artistry of the past by providing individuals of all ages the opportunity to experience firsthand traditional arts.
 
The artistry of the Blacksmith, Carpenter, Cook, and Horticulturist is just as relevant today as ever. In the past everyone had these skills honed to perfection by relying on them daily to survive.  The VSTA is offering an opportunity to recapture some of that traditional knowledge.
VSTA offers hands on traditional arts classes and demonstrations to the public. Please feel free to contact us to request a demonstration or to sign up for classes.
 
 
Email: djchandler@embarqmail.com
Phone: (434) 575 5370
 
​​All funds generated by classes and donations are used to support our mission though scholarships to attend classes and outreach programs for elementary schools.
  
  

VSTA Board of Directors
Mr. Jonathan Chandler          djchandler@embarqmail.com
Dr. Charles Stallard                  ckstallard@aol.com
Mrs. Agnes Gregory                 Agnesargr@aol.com
Mrs. Sheri Love                         slove@halifax.k12.va.us

Classes Coming Soon

Horticulture

Carpentry

Cooking

Blacksmith Classes
  
The Virginia School of Traditional Arts blacksmith classes are set up as short affordable  day classes to teach blacksmithing skills to all ages.  


   
   
  
 The “Basics of Blacksmithing” $85
Students will receive 16 hours of instruction where they develop their own designs. The possibilities are endless. Students can expect to forge  items to take home.
8am - 4pm
December 2, 2017
January 20, 2018


   “Tool Making”


This is a series of classes progressively more advanced focusing on tool making.

One of the best things about learning blacksmithing is the ability to make your own tools.
 
“Chisels and Punches” $85










This two day course is designed to introduce  tools and techniques used to make your own tools. To complete common tasks as a blacksmith, you will need to make specialty tools. This class focuses on both hot and cold chisels and punches. Students will learn to design, forge, shape and sharpen tools. During this class, each student will demonstrate hardening and tempering with the acetylene torch. Each student will make their own set of 3 chisels and 4 punches.


“Tongs”  $125










This two day course is designed to introduce  tools and techniques used to make your own tongs. Blacksmiths use lots of different tongs for specific jobs. During this class, students will be introduced to the different styles and types of tongs. Each student will forge the tong jaws and then weld the reins. During this class, students will make a Wolf Jaw tong and one other pair of their choice.
 
   



The “Basics of Blacksmithing”
is a prerequisite to the advanced series of classes.

 “The Bladesmith”
“Tool Making”
“Artist Blacksmith”
 
“Basics of Blacksmithing” $85
This course is designed to introduce blacksmithing tools and techniques.
 
First Day
Instructors will cover shop safety, types of forges, tools, and types of metal. Each student will demonstrate pointing, drawing out, tapering, forging starts and stops, hot cutting, scrolling, twisting, punching, as well as hot chisel work.
 
Second day
Students will use their new skills to forge leaf keyrings and hooks.
 
   
  
 “The Bladesmith

  This is a series of classes progressively more advanced
focusing on knife making. Highly recommended to take this series in order as techniques build on themselves.

“Beginning Bladesmithing” $95





This two day course is designed to introduce bladesmithing tools and techniques. This class focuses primarily on “Stock Removal” techniques. Metal selection, annealing, hardening, tempering, grinding, polishing, and sharpening will be performed, Each student will design and build their own custom 8” skinning knife from new materials. 

“The Forged Blade” $135












This two day course is designed to introduce bladesmithing tools and techniques. This class focuses primarily on “Hand Forging” techniques. Metal selection, annealing, hardening, tempering, grinding, polishing, and sharpening will be performed, Each student will design and build their own custom 10” Bowie Knife from “recycled” material.
 
     
“Advanced Bladesmith” $165

This two day course is designed to refine using the bladesmithing tools and techniques. After taking both of the beginning bladesmith classes, students return to the shop to create a 12” blade of their choice.
 
   

   

   “Artist Blacksmith“
This is a series of classes progressively more advanced focusing on forged sculpture.


“The Copper Rose” $95












This two day course is designed to introduce copper working tools and techniques.
Students will learn to cut, form, and texture copper to make the rose petals. Each student will forge steel leaves and the stem, attaching the petals with a peened rivet using the acetylene torch. Each student should leave with at least two roses and possibly  three. They may choose to weld the roses together to form one sculpture.
 
 “Cat Tails” $135




























This two day course is designed to introduce MIG welding tools and techniques. Students will create a free standing sculpture of three life size cat tails with leaves using the MIG welder and the forge. Additional critters may be added if time allows.



 


   “Artist Blacksmith“
example of our work

​The Virginia School of Traditional Arts
First Basics of Blacksmithing Class