Ina-Rend Lake College and the Jefferson County Historical Society are collaborating to bring the community a unique experience at the Jefferson County Historical Village.
Rend Lake College Community Education has a limited number of seats available for those who are interested in learning more about the process of blacksmithing. A blacksmith is a person who forges iron or steel into tools, horseshoes, décor, and many other possibilities.
Instructor Wilbur Haley will show students more about this historical craft. Students will spend the day learning the traditional techniques, processes and tools used in the creation of artistic forged metalwork. Work will be completed on coal forges and will cover areas such as bending, twisting, upsetting, splitting, riveting and raising of steel, iron and non-ferrous metals.
Artistic Blacksmithing Beyond the Basics will be held on Saturday, March 6th from 8a.m. to 3p.m. at the Jefferson County Historical Village in the Thomas Atkins Blacksmith Shop. The registration fee is $45 and there is a $5 supply fee.
This course is for ages 14 and up (students under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Those attending should wear long pants and closed toe shoes and should bring safety goggles and gloves.
For more information or to register, call Lori or Kristina at Rend Lake College Community Education, 618-437-5321 Ext. 1267/1367 or toll-free 800-369-5321 Ext. 1267/1367.