Instructors: Rod Spotts & Barry Mentzer

Skill Level: Beginner

Spend a day learning the art of Blacksmithing! Students will have the chance to learn how to forge steel to form a fireplace poker, spatula, bottle opener, set of wall hooks, or a stake for a firepit. The class will take place outside, rain or shine. We will set up a tent if there is rain. Please wear closed-toe shoes and no loose clothing.

Students must be at least 16 years old to participate.

About the Instructors:

Rod Spotts & Barry Mentzer started blacksmithing the same day in 1998 at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. The passion for the craft has led them both to continue taking classes since then (although not usually together). Rod remained focused on blacksmithing where he was able to expand his knowledge and technique. Barry returned to John C. Campbell and branched out into broom making 4 years ago and has enjoyed making all types of brooms both colonial and contemporary. Fireplace brooms were the perfect blending of these two crafts. They look forward to teaching these techniques at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: 

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen does not provide cash refunds for the cancellation of classes unless the class is canceled by the instructor or the Guild.

In order to request a withdrawal from a workshop, students must contact the Guild by phone at 717-431-8706 or contact us here at least 7 days prior to the class. Students who request a withdrawal at least 7 days prior to the class will receive a credit that can be used toward another workshop. No refunds or transfers will be given to cancellation requests made with less than 24 hours’ notice of the class.

Please note that we are unable to provide refunds for missed classes due to personal scheduling conflicts. If you are sick with Covid-19 or believe that you may have been recently exposed, please email

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  • Beginning Blacksmithing
     9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Venue Phone: 717-431-8706

Venue Website:

335 N Queen St, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603, United States