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
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The instructor and his assistant were great. The atmosphere was welcoming and relaxing. I enjoyed getting to know them, as well as some of the other participants. I enjoyed myself immensely. The room in the lodge was fine - cleaning staff were efficient and early. The lunch and dinner food wasn't that great, except for the final dinner, but you could work around that with salads and fruit. Breakfasts were pretty good. My only real complaint is that this class was described as "easygoing" - it had an identical description to the watercolor class! I assumed there would be machinery that would make the work easier. Nope. This class required a lot of standing and physical work, as it was traditional blacksmithing. Nevertheless, I had a blast. I was able to keep up reasonably well, and I came home with some neat little pieces to give as gifts.


Taking this program introduced me to the trade and craft of forging that preceded our modern era of manufacturing. Day after day I grew to appreciate the patience, determination and skill sets needed to hammer out metal into works of practical and artistic value. I left with pieces that will always remind me of that experience and effort.

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We were very pleased with most aspects of our adventure. As a first trip we enjoyed the facilities, the class, and the friends we made. Cedar Lakes is a wonderful facility to host Roads Scholar programs , and should be used in the future.The class was hard work but enjoyable and the learning experience we expected. The instructor, Peter Buchanan, was very knowledgeable and helpful. He went out of his way to share his experience and make our time very rewarding. My only criticisms are the quality of the food in the cafeteria and the rating of the program. The food was on a level with school lunchrooms. It lacked variety and at times was bland. The good part of the food was the salad and fruit bar. I love love loved the spinach/strawberry/walnut salad. The physical rating of the class should by no means be low level. Granted there was little walking but the stress of working with hot forges and hammering hot metal was more than low level/leisure. All told, we had a very enjoyable time and learned a great deal on a subject we knew nothing about. The program is worth doing again and we would highly recommend Roads Scholar and Cedar Lakes to anyone.

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