6244
West Virginia
Forged in Fire: The Art of Blacksmithing in the Appalachian Mountains
Fire up your forge as you discover your passion for metalworking in this week-long artistic exploration of blacksmithing set at the base of the Appalachian Mountains.
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Program No. 6244RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
Hotel Check-In, Program Registration/Dinner/Orientation
Ripley, WV
D
Cedar Lakes Conference Center

Activity note: Hotel Check-In, Program Registration begin at 3:00 p.m.. Dinner 5;00-6:00 p.m. Orientation 6:30 p.m.

Dinner: At Lake View Dining Hall, we will enjoy a cafeteria style meal served 5:00-6:00 p.m.;beverage choices will include coffee, tea, water.

Evening: Program orientation will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Holt Lodge first floor meeting room. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the daily schedule designated as :Fee time" and "At leisure" offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

DAY
2
Blacksmithing: Around the House/Evening Activity
Ripley, WV
B,L,D
Cedar Lakes Conference Center

Activity note: Class begins at 8:30 a.m. the Blacksmithing Shop, a short level walk from Holt Lodge. Evening activities begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Holt Lodge first floor meeting room.

Breakfast: At the Lakeview Dining Hall, 7:30-8:30 a.m., our breakfast offers choices such as eggs, sausage, bacon, hot and cold cereals, fruit, yogurt, milk, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Blacksmithing-Around the House-There comes a time in the life of every Blacksmith when they need or want to make gifts for family or friends. This entertaining class will allow students, based on their skill level to come up with that perfect gift. Item possibilities include candle sticks, cooking utensils, plant hangers, decorative hooks, coat racks, fireplace tools or tools themselves! Learn the fundamentals of blacksmithing while making your gift or expand your knowledge with advanced skills. This class is perfect for the beginning student to advanced students..Around the House! - The Instructor will begin with student introductions; then proceed to instructional lecture and demonstration forge preparation and maintenance. Designs will be available for several items and the Instructor will then work with students to select their design and materials to begin their projects.

Lunch: Served at Lake View dining hall from 12:00-1:00 p.m.. For the noon meal your choices will include soup, salads, sandwiches, fruit and perhaps a homemade treat.

Afternoon: Returning to Blacksmith Shop, we will restart the forges and continue work on our projects under the instructors guidance.

Dinner: Served in Lake View dining hall from 5:00-6:00 p.m..

Evening: Evening activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with students meeting in the Holt Lodge first floor meeting room to get on a bus for a short trip into downtown Ripley where we will go to the Historic Alpine Theatre for a lecture on the history and revitalization of the Alpine followed by a Classic Movie. Popcorn will be served.

DAY
3
Blacksmithing: Around the House/Open Studio
Ripley, WV
B,L,D
Cedar Lakes Conference Center

Activity note: Class begins at 8:30 a.m. in the blacksmith shop. Open Studio will be offered at 6:30 p.m..

Breakfast: Served in Lake View dining hall from 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Morning: Around the House– we will continue to work on the previous days projects. The Instructor will intermittingly demonstrate the proper techniques used in the projects we have chosen and will provide recommendations and instruction on alterations and possible finishing. Students should be prepared to ask questions and share ideas.

Lunch: Served in Lake View dining hall from 12:00-1:00 p.m..

Afternoon: Returning to the blacksmith shop, we will continue working toward the goal of a completed project. Once a project is completed, we will start on our next design offered under the instructors supervision.

Dinner: Served in Lake View dining hall from 5:00-6:00 p.m..

Evening: At leisure the blacksmith shop will be open at 6:30 p.m. with the instructor available to assist with projects.

DAY
4
Blacksmithing-Around the House/Evening Activity
Ripley, WV
B,L,D
Cedar Lakes Conference Center

Activity note: Class begins at 8:30 a.m. Evening activities begin at 6:30 p.m. in the first floor meeting room in Hold Lodge.

Breakfast: Served in Lake View dining hall from 7:15-8:30 a.m..

Morning: The instructor will begin the morning by demonstrating the use of advance hammering techniques, joinery techniques and how to estimate materials. We will learn to expand our skills by working smarter not harder. We will then practice these techniques on a new project of choice to sharpen these skills.

Lunch: Served in Lake View dining hall from 12:00 -1:00 p.m..

Afternoon: Following lunch, we will continue to work on our projects with supervision of the instructor.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in Lake View dining hall from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Evening: We will meet in Holt Lodge first floor meeting room at 6:30 p.m., for a field trip to the authentic Appalachian Moonshine Distillery located less than two miles from the conference center. We will board a bus and be treated to the history of Moonshine in West Virginia and a tour of the facility by the owner. Tastings will be available.

DAY
5
Blacksmithing;Around the House/Class Dinner/Open Studio Tour
Ripley, WV
B,L,D
Cedar Lakes Conference Center

Activity note: Class begins at 8:30 a.m. Class Dinner begins at 5:00 p.m. in the side dining room of Lake View dining Hall. Open Studio Class Tour begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Craft House.

Breakfast: Served in Lake View dining hall from 7:15-8:30 a.m..

Morning: The final full day in class will begin with a demonstration on techniques and then we will work on completion of all projects.

Lunch: Served in Lake View dining hall from 12:00-1:00 p.m..

Afternoon: We will return to class following lunch to complete the projects we have started and set up our display for the evenings open studio tour.

Dinner: We will come together as a class at Lake View dining hall for dinner in the side dining room to enjoy the evening meal and share experiences of the week.

Evening: Following our dinner, we will proceed as a group to the Craft House to begin the evening Open House Tour. Teachers will give a brief talk on the projects of the week and students will highlight their completed projects.

DAY
6
Blacksmithing: Around the House-Program Concludes
Ripley, WV
B,L

Activity note: Class begins at 8:30 a.m.. Hotel-Check-Out by 11:00 a.m.. Program Concludes following lunch at 1:00 p.m.

Breakfast: Served in Lake View dining hall from 7:15-8:30 a.m..

Morning: As we come to class for the last session, we will put the finishing touches on any unfinished items. Our instructor will offer further ideas and projects to continue our blacksmithing craft.

Lunch: Served in Lake View dining hall 12:00-1:00 p.m.. Our final meal together but if you need to get on the road, let the Program Coordinator know and a brown bag lunch will be waiting for you. This concludes our program.

Afternoon: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share your photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.comrsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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