Bill Printy and Mark Heisdorffer will teach workshops at the Forge and Anvil Academy, in historic Bentonsport where there are five forges for learning the fine art of taking a piece of iron, heating it up, and making a beautiful and useful item for one’s home. The Forge and Anvil Academy, where hundreds of students have learned the fine art of taking a piece of iron, and creating a beautiful and useful item, is one of a few places where artistic blacksmithing is taught in the United States. Where else can one learn to craft tools from iron at the side of an experienced artistic blacksmith in a shop with five forges? And in the words of one “village smithy” in Bentonsport, “Heat some iron—Make some stuff”
Please bring safety glasses, light leather gloves, and hearing protection.
Location: Blacksmith Academy - Walnut Street • Bentonsport, IA 52565 [Map]
Join others as they gather in the Villages of Van Buren to learn from the resident artisans in their personal studios. Spend a weekend plein air painting along the Des Moines River, or step back in time as you throw bowls in a Pottery Shop. The inspiring and relaxing atmosphere of scenic Van Buren County, Iowa is, and will continue to be, a haven for creative beings.