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Classes and Workshops

Blacksmithing

BEGINNING MAY 1, 2024, ALL BLACKSMITHING CLASSES WILL HAVE A $10 MATERIALS FEE DUE TO THE INSTRUCTOR ON THE DAY OF THE CLASS!

Learn the art of Blacksmithing at the Hagood Mill Historic Site!

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Blacksmith

Junior Blacksmithing

$120

/ 5 hours

In this one-day introduction to blacksmithing class, students (aged 11-17 ONLY) will learn the basic working knowledge of blacksmithing with historical demonstrator Kevin Thompson of Electric City Forge. Students will have the opportunity to make a wall sconce candle holder.

Students will learn the five basic techniques of blacksmithing which include the drawing out, tapering, bending, scrolling, and twisting of steel, in addition to basic finishing techniques. Students will also learn about safety in the blacksmith shop, history of the craft of blacksmithing, the fuel and materials used in blacksmithing, and how to build, maintain, and use a coal fire.

Students will also learn about safety in the blacksmith shop, history of the craft of blacksmithing, the fuel and materials used in blacksmithing, and how to build, maintain and use a coal fire.

 

For ages 11-17 ONLY. Please dress appropriately with closed toed shoes, long pants and a long sleeved shirt. Students will need to provide their own eye protection. Bring a water bottle.  Lunch will be from 12-1.  A parent or guardian will need to be onsite at that time as the instructor will not be with them at that time.

Instruction is for 5 hours between 9-12 and 1-3.

Min- 
Max- 6

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Blacksmith

Blacksmithing 101

$120

/ 6 hours

Blacksmithing 101 schedule:

July 3, 31

In this introduction to blacksmithing class students will learn the basic working knowledge of blacksmithing with historical demonstrator Kevin Thompson of Electric City Forge.  Students will have the opportunity to make items such as simple s-hooks and wall hooks.  

Students will learn the five basic techniques of blacksmithing which includes the drawing out, tapering, bending, scrolling and twisting of steel, in addition to basic finishing techniques.

Students will also learn about safety in the blacksmith shop, history of the craft of blacksmithing, the fuel and materials used in blacksmithing, and how to build, maintain and use a coal fire.

Please dress appropriately with closed toed shoes, long pants and a long sleeved shirt. Students will need to bring their own eye protection. Bring a water bottle.

A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor on the day of the class.

Instruction is for 6 hours between 9-12 and 1-4.

Min- 4
Max- 6

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Blacksmith

Blacksmithing 102

$135

/ 7 hours

Blacksmithing 102 schedule:

July 10

Prior students will be able to add to their blacksmithing knowledge and abilities by attending this 102 class. After a brief recap of what was covered in the previous class, we’ll move on to a group of additional techniques.

These will be upsetting, fullering, hot punching, riveting, and shaping. We’ll also talk more in-depth about the peen of the cross peen hammer. You’ll learn how to properly use this vital part of the hammer to spread, stretch, shape, and texture steel.

Other tools that will be introduced are fullers, fullering punches, swage and rivet blocks, and a hand-cranked drill press. 

Students must have attended Blacksmithing 101, or have prior metalworking experience. Please dress appropriately in closed-toed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Students will need to bring their own eye protection. Bring a water bottle.  Students under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor on the day of the class.

Instruction is for 7 hours from 9-12 and 1-5. 

Min- 2
Max- 4

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Blacksmith

Blacksmithing 103

$140

/ 7 hours

Blacksmithing 103 schedule:

 

In this class, students will forge a pair of flame tipped wall sconce candle holders. This class involves drawing out long thin tapers, making recessed screw holes, using candle pans and cups that are riveted to the sconce and learning a new twist.  Finishing the sconces with boiled linseed oil will also be covered.  

Students must have attended Blacksmithing 101 and 102 or have prior metalworking experience.

A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor on the day of the class.

Instruction is for 7 hours between 9-12 and 1-5.

Min- 2
Max- 4

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Intro to Knife-Making

Blacksmithing 104

$150

/ 7 hours

Blacksmithing 104 schedule:

July 24

In this introduction to knife making, students will learn to draw out a blade, tang, handle, and guard, all from one piece of 1075 carbon steel.  This style of knife is often referred to as a Viking or blacksmith’s knife.  Once the knife is forged, students will then learn to harden, temper, and grind the knife to its final shape.

Though not required, it is recommended that students take a minimum of Blacksmithing 101 prior to the basic knife-making class.  This will help students to better understand the shop setup, coal fire management, forge operation, and working heated steel, prior to attempting a knife.

A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor on the day of the class.

Instruction is for 7 hours between 9-12 and 1-5.

Min- 2

Max- 4

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Intro to Forge-welding

Blacksmithing 105

$150

/ 7 hours

Many consider forge welding to be an advanced skill, however, it’s actually a basic, fundamental skill of blacksmithing.  In this class, students will make a simple fire poker, incorporating two forge welds.  After completion of the project, we’ll discuss and demonstrate additional types of welds. 

As with any type of welding, safety is of the utmost importance.  Students MUST wear long pants, a removable long sleeve cotton shirt, solid leather gloves, and bring safety glasses. We also encourage you to bring a water bottle. 

A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor on the day of the class.

Instruction is for 7 hours from 9-12 and 1-5. We have scheduled a one-hour lunch break so that students will have the opportunity to explore the site. Lunch is not provided, please bring your own. Please arrive at 8:45 to sign a liability waiver.

Min- 2
Max- 4

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Blacksmith

Blacksmithing Tripod

$150

/ 7 hours

Whether you enjoy camping or a backyard fire pit, we’re now offering a blacksmithing cooking equipment class.  In this class, students will make their very own tripod and a pair of S-hooks. 

This is a very basic class and no prior experience is required. Please dress appropriately in closed-toed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Students will need to bring their own eye protection. Bring a water bottle. Students under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, although the adult is not required to be a paying student.

A $25 materials fee is due to the instructor on the day of the class.

Instruction is for 7 hours between 9-12 and 1-5.

Min- 2
Max- 4

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Christmas in July Ornament Class

$125

/ 6 hours

Christmas in July Ornament Class Schedule:

July 17, 27

Are you someone who enjoys all things Christmas all year long? Do you like those unique and handmade ornaments for your tree? Join us for Christmas in July Blacksmithing at the historic Hagood Mill where you can learn to smith Christmas ornaments and begin your preparations for Christmas 2024.

In this beginner blacksmithing class students will learn the basic working knowledge of blacksmithing with the opportunity to make Christmas ornaments with historical demonstrator Kevin Thompson of Electric City Forge. No prior blacksmithing experience is necessary. Students will learn some basic techniques of blacksmithing and can make several ornaments such as Christmas trees, candy canes, icicles, and crosses.

No prior blacksmithing required.  Please dress appropriately in closed-toed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Students will need to bring their own eye protection. Bring a water bottle. Students under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, although the adult is not required to be a paying student.

A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor on the day of the class.

Instruction is for 6 hours between 9-12 and 1-4. We have scheduled a one-hour lunch break so that students will have the opportunity to explore the site. Lunch is not provided, please bring your own. 

Min- 3
Max- 6

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Blacksmith

Bush Craft: Railroad Spike Tomahawk

$150

/ 7 hours

Bush Craft: Railroad Spike Tomahawk class schedule:

June 26
July 22

In this class, students will forge their own tomahawk, complete with handle, from a new railroad spike.  This is the perfect companion for the trail and campsite.  It’s lightweight and sharp and handles camp chores with ease.  It is perfect for chopping and splitting kindling. And we leave the railroad spike head intact, making an ideal pommel for driving tent stakes and any other hammering needs.

Forging techniques include upsetting, slitting, and drifting, drawing out and peening, normalizing, hardening and tempering.

Blacksmithing 101 required. Please dress appropriately in closed-toed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Students will need to bring their own eye protection. Bring a water bottle. Students MUST BE 18 or older.

A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor on the day of the class.

Instruction is for 7 hours from 9-12 and 1-5.

Min- 1
Max- 3

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Blacksmith

Blacksmithing Ranch-Style Dinner Bell

$135

/ 7 hours

Blacksmithing Ranch-Style Dinner Bell schedule:

April 19
May 11

Historically, dinner bells hung just outside the kitchen or cookhouse. They were used to summon families or workers when meals were ready.  Or, in times of an emergency, to summon help. In this class, students will forge a large 12″ triangular bell, a striker, and a wall-mounted bracket.

While a minimum of Blacksmithing 101 is recommended for all of our classes, this is a very beginner-friendly class.
Please dress appropriately in closed-toed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Please bring a pair of safety glasses and a water bottle
A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor on the day of the class.

Instruction is for 7 hours between 9-12 and 1-5.

Min- 3
Max- 6

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Blacksmith

Hinge Making Series: Viking Era

$150

/ 7 hours

Hinge Making Series: Viking Era schedule:

 

While we don’t know the date for the invention of the pivot hinge, examples have been found dating back to 1600 B.C. It’s been said that the hinge is as important to everyday life as the wheel. In this series we’ll begin with hinges and a simple latch based on an early style used in Viking times. Instead of a pin, these use a ring and loop pivot.

While a minimum of Blacksmithing 101 is recommended for all of our classes, this is a very beginner-friendly class.
Please dress appropriately in closed-toed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Please bring a pair of safety glasses and a water bottle. This class is for those 18 years and older.
A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor on the day of the class.

Instruction is for 7 hours between 9-12 and 1-5.

Min- 1
Max- 4

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Blacksmith

Bushcraft Series: Cook Set

$135

/ 6 hours

Bushcraft: Cook Set schedule:

July 15
 

In this class, students will forge and fabricate small and lightweight personal backwoods cook set.  The set consists of a stand, grilling/roasting fork, and a small grill/trivet.  The small size is ideal for bush crafting, backpacking, scouting, and ultralight camping.  It fits compactly in a bedroll, backpack, canoe, boat, or camp box. 

While a minimum of Blacksmithing 101 is recommended for all of our classes, this is a very beginner-friendly class.
Please dress appropriately in closed-toed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Please bring a pair of safety glasses and a water bottle. This class is for those 18 years and older.
A $10 materials fee is due to the instructor on the day of the class.

Instruction is for 6 hours between 9-12 and 1-4.

Min- 1
Max- 4

Classes and Workshops

Woodworking

Learn how to make a variety of objects from wood at the Hagood Mill Historic Site!

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Old -Time Cooking

If you have ever been interested in old-time cooking methods, be sure to check out one of our classes below.

Classes and Workshops

Chair Seat Weaving

A beautiful skill to be learned at the Hagood Mill Historic Site, chair seat weaving is open to all abilities!

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Gardening

As more people move to grow their own food, come to Hagood Mill Historic Site for tips and tricks for your home garden!

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Canning

To keep the art of food preservation alive, join us for a canning class at the Hagood Mill Historic Site!

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Plants Are Medicine

Wild foods are often nutritionally superior to conventionally grown and commonly consumed foods.  Learn how to identify and use plants and trees.

Classes are taught by Donna Putney of Putney Farms.  She is a graduate of the Clemson Master Gardener Program.

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Leatherworking

Learn the art of leather craft at the Hagood Mill Historic Site!

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Make a Cuff

Leatherworking 101

$75

/ 3 hours

Leatherworking 101 Schedule:

April 19
In Leatherworking 101: Make a Cuff, students will learn the basics of leatherworking! In this class, you will design, cut, and stamp your own cuff.  Skills taught in the class will include measuring, cutting, stamping, setting snaps, and beveling and burnishing.

A $25 materials fee is due to the instructor on the day of the class.

The class is from 9am – 12pm 

Min- 2
Max- 10

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Fold-over Knife Sheath

Leatherworking 104

$120

/ 6 hours

Leatherworking 104 Schedule:

May 17, 22

The perfect follow-up to Blacksmithing 104: Intro to Knife-Making, learn to make a neck-knife sheath to fit your one-of-a-kind knife! In this 3-hour class, students will use a variety of leather and leather braiding techniques to make a sheath that fits smaller knives.  Don’t forget to bring the knife that you want to sheath! Skills learned in this class include fitting, cutting, hand sewing, beveling and burnishing, and if time, dyeing.

A $25 materials fee is due to the instructor on the day of the class.

The class is from 9am – 3pm 

Min- 2
Max- 6

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Growing Mushrooms

Learn how to grow edible mushrooms at the Hagood Mill Historic Site.

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Intro to Edible Mushroom Inoculation

Growing Mushrooms 101

$55

/ 2 hours

Growing Mushrooms 101 Schedule:

July 19

In this class, you will learn through hands-on training, exactly how to use mushroom “plugs” that have been seeded with mushroom spore mycelium to grow mushrooms at home.  The mushrooms included are “Chicken of the Woods”, “Lion’s Mane”, and “Yellow Oyster”.

None.

The class is from 2 pm to 4 pm. 

Min- 2
Max- 15

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Mushrooms

Mushroom Walk

$5

/ 1 hours

Mushroom Walk Schedule:

July 19

Join Chef Eric on a walk around the Hagood Mill Historic Site to identify the various mushrooms that can be found out in nature.

None.

The walk is from 5 pm to 6 pm.

Min- 2
Max- 30