Forge A Fire Pit Poker: Introduction to Forge Welding

Forge A Fire Pit Poker: Introduction to Forge Welding









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It’s that time of year when everyone is taking advantage of their fire pit. So, it’s the perfect time to forge a fire pit poker! Fire pit pokers are longer and sturdier versions of fireplace pokers. This class will focus on creating “turkey foot” pokers that require forge welding, one of the oldest blacksmithing processes that involves fusing metal together without electricity or shielding gasses. This class will also delve into tapering, twisting, and bending steel. Intermediate beginner and advanced beginner students should leave this course with a completed fire pit poker. Complete beginners might also have the same success, but should scale back their expectations a bit. Forge welding is a tricky process for inexperienced beginners (but you’ll still learn a lot!). All tools and materials are provided.


The Steel Yard is located at 27 Sims Avenue, Providence RI 02909


For all courses, students must wear a pair of close-toed shoes like sneakers or boots (no sandals, no flip-flops, no peep-toe pumps). Also, you should dress expecting to get a little dirty. Art is messy. In addition, students in metalworking courses must wear clothes made from either cotton or wool—synthetic fabrics like fleece and polyester are not safe near an open flame. Pants are required and long sleeves are recommended. Any clothing that has been frayed is not permitted. The studio is well stocked with heavy-duty welding jackets, but if you have your own, feel free to bring it.


All enrollments are subject to our REGISTRATION & ENROLLMENT POLICIES. Notable changes to accommodate the uncertainty during the current pandemic include the following adjustments to our policies:

Students may withdraw from a course without penalty within 5 days prior to the start of the course. Exceptions will be made for students impacted by COVID-19; in which case, last-minute withdrawals will be accommodated with documentation of a COVID-19 test (confirmation of appointment) for the student or their household member. For any cancellation of a paid course, students can expect to receive a full refund, less a $5 processing fee, to their original method of payment. Please allow for 10 business days before the refund is reflected on your account.


SCHOLARSHIPS applications are available for students who may not otherwise be able to enroll in a course.  Additionally, standing sliding scale scholarships exist for QT/BIPOC students.