Classes are already filling so call and put your deposit down or buy a Gift Certificut before the class is full.
If hitting a piece of white hot steel with a hammer sounds like fun, this class is for you! Step back in time and witness the once familiar scene of the village blacksmith churning away before a blazing hot fire, showering themselves with pin-point sparks of light with each ping against the anvil. Once a familiar scene the automation of the industrial revolution changed all that.
Now you can have the opportunity to see what being a blacksmith was like, without investing in a shop or equipment. Learn the tools of the trade and their uses. Learn proper hammer control and techniques.
Classes will be held periodically throughout the year, and consist of all day Saturday through late afternoon and all day Sunday. Class size will be limited to six students to provide ample individual attention.
At the end of the class each student goes home with a working knowledge of almost all the processes and techniques that a blacksmith needs, and several functional pieces of art that they have made entirely themselves.
This weekend course is designed for those with an interest in blacksmithing but have no previous experience. We cover the fundamentals as to what is needed to be a blacksmith including safety, tools, resources, and references. 16 + hours of instruction and supervision.
The class schedule for basic blacksmithing classes for 2022. Class dates are filled by calling me and paying a $150 deposit. The cost of the Basic class is $300.00 per person witch covers all materials and lunch both days. Advanced classes are $450 per person witch covers all materials including lunch both days. A $225 deposit is required for advanced classes. Classes are four to six (4-6) students in size and are 9 to 5 both days. You can schedule an out of cycle class for your group but must fill the class. Class dates are subject to change, but we try not to.
If you are not able to make your class date and you let me know 10 days before the class date your deposit will be applied to a future class. Less than 10 days and your deposit is non refundable .
Dates may change due to events beyond my control. A 50% deposit guarantees your spot in the class. Deposits are non refundable but can be moved to another class date if there is enough time to fill your class seat. I will work with you.
Thanks Elmo Diaz, 402-680-9626
2023 Classes. DATES MAY CHANGE
Jan 7-8, 2023 Basic Class, Full
Jan 9, 2023 Lost wax casting class, 10 weeks long, Monday nights at 6 -9 PM. no experience necessary to attend.
Jan 14-15, 2023 MCC Basic Class , Register on line at,
Jan 21-22, 2023 Axe class , must have taken a basic class to qualify, FULL
Feb 4-5, 2023, Basic class , FULL
Feb 11-12, 2023 Basic Class, Full
Feb 18-19, 2023 Blade class , must have taken a basic class to qualify. FULL
Mar 4-5, 2023 USAF Basic Class ,
Mar 11-12 , 2023 Sheath/Leather class, must have taken a basic class to qualify,
Mar 18-19, 2023 Tool Class, must have taken a basic class to qualify,
Mar 20, 2023 Lost wax casting class, 10 weeks long, Monday nights at 6 -9 PM. no experience necessary to attend.
Apr 1-2, 2023 Basic Class, FULL
Apr 15-16, 2023 USAF Blade Class , must have taken a basic class to qualify
April 29-30, Coal forging class. Learn to use a coal forge, maintain the fire and forge . Bring your coal forge or use ours.
May 6-7, 2023 Basic Class,
May 13-14, 2023 Basic Class,
June 3-4, 2023 Blade Class , must have taken a basic class to qualify, FULL
Jun 5, 2023 Lost wax casting class, 10 weeks long, Monday nights at 6 -9 PM. no experience necessary to attend.
June 10-11, 2023 Summer Arts Festival
June 17-18, 2023 Basic Class
July 22-23, 2023 Basic Class, Register thru Metro Comunity College
July 29-30, 2023 AX Class , must have taken a basic class to qualify,
Aug 12, 2023 15th annual tool swap meet and BBQ.
Aug 19-20, 2023 Basic Class,
Sep 4, 2023 Lost wax casting class, 10 weeks long, Monday nights at 6 -9 PM. no experience necessary to attend.
Sep 9-10, 2023 Basic Class,
Sep 16-17, 2023 Basic Class,
Sep 23-26, 2023 PBA Fall conference
Sep 30-Oct 1, 2023 Basic Class
Oct 7-8, 2023 USAF Basic Class,
Oct 21-22, 2023 Basic Class
Nov 4-5, 2023 Basic Class,
Nov 11-13, 2023 Blade class,must have taken a basic class to qualify.
Nov 18-19, 2023 Damascus Class,must have taken a basic class to qualify.
Nov 20, 2023 Lost wax casting class, 10 weeks long, Monday nights at 6 -9 PM. no experience necessary to attend.
Dec 9- 10, 2023 Blade Class, must have taken a basic class to qualify.
Dec 16-17, 2023 Basic Class.
Dates may change due to events beyond my control. .A 50% deposit guarantees your spot in the class. Classes must be paid in full thirty (30) days before your class start date. Deposits are non refundable but can be moved to another class date if there is enough time to fill your class seat. I will work with you.
Thanks Elmo Diaz, 402-680-9626
The classes this weekend were the most fun I have had in years. I really appreciated your attention to safety. On behalf of my son, Jake, thank you.
Hello. I would be interested in taking classes however working shift work and being in the militairy somewhat hinders my ability to take them. Is their any way I could work around that?
Hi Case, send me your contact info and a good time to call. Thanks Elmo
I’m interested in the basic blacksmithing class and blade class for my husband. What are the meeting times for the classes, is it an all day workshop? Also, how much does it cost and what tools are required?
Thank you so much,
Hi Pattie, my classes are 9 to 5 Saturday and Sunday . I provide all tools and supplies, the cost is $300 per class per person. Please feel free to call me 402-680-9626 I can answer your questions more in-depth. Thanks Elmo . Elmodiaz@hotmail.com
Hi Pattie, classes are saturday and sunday 9 to 5 and cost $300 for the weekend. I provide all the tools and lunch. My next basic class is 17 Jan 2015. Feel free to call with your questions 402-680-9626. Thanks Elmo
Classes are Saturday and Sunday cost $300 everything included including lunch both days . Next class is feb 20-21.
would I need to take the basic class and tool class before I take the blade class?
Just the basic class and some practice
You only need to take the basic class then you can take any of the other classes. Once you take the basic class you can rent shop time to work on your own projects
Also, is the basic class for adults?
Yes our age limit is 16 with a parent in the class or 18 years old
I have taken the basic class and had some one-on-one instruction. Elmo is a great instructor and it is a lot of fun! I would highly recommend taking one of his classes!
Hey where are classes held I live in Omaha Nebraska are you close? And do you do payment plans?
Classes are held at 3031 Upland Parkway. The Blacksmith shop is across the street from the Crock Center. I accept credit cards or cash, classes cost $300.
Would love to bring my son up to see what blacksmithing is about. He is 13. Is your November 11/12 class available for this year? If so, how can I get him registered?
Please call me at 402-680-9626 to talk about my program
How much are the blade classes?
Depending on the price of tool steel but usually $375 for the two day class
Is there a minimum age for class? My son will be 16 on July 4. He has taken a basic wielding class and is interested in pursuing a career in wielding and blacksmithing. We would be interested in your basic class scheduled for the end of July.
With patents permission he can take my class. Call or stop by the shop and we can go over the details. 402-680-9626
16 is the minimum age, call me and I can get you scheduled for a class 402-680-9626
I don’t get off work until 5:30 then have a previously scheduled event until 7:15 ish but I was interested in taking your basic class.
Call and I can get you scheduled for a class 402/680-9626
Is there an age requirement? Our son would really like to attend it with his dad?
If his dad is tanking the class with him then 13 is the the age.
Do you have openings in the basic classes in October 2017?
I have a room in the Sep 9-10 basic class and one seat in the Oct 28-29 class. If you are interested in one of the please give me a call as they are filling fast. 402-680-9626
I’m interested in blacksmithing and was wondering what all it takes to start. I’ve been watching Alec Steele on YouTube and he’s the person who’s gotten me interested in it. So I’d like to know more if possible. Thank you.
Give me a call and I can explain our classes and shop time rental program.
Wanting classes in knife making and basics in in forging
Hi Jeff I have room in both classes still this year give me a call and I can give you the details. 402-680-9626
Hello are you guys located in Omaha or lincoln?
2921 north 84 th street Omaha
Is it $300 a person or for 2 people
Classes are $300 per person and are two days long, 9-5 Saturday and Sunday .
I am attempting to find someone to apprentice under to start a smithy where Marines can go and learn the trade for free as therapy for PTSD. I am highly interested in the classes you offer, however, if there are any more individuals able to take on an apprentice that accept the post 9-11 GI bill so that I may confidently teach those individuals in need I would be very grateful.
Thank you for your time
Howe Derik C.
I think you will need to contact a school to use the GI Bill. University of Illinois has blacksmith program in their BA program
Hi, this is kinda last minute but is this weekend’s classes still available? If not, could I request a one on one class? I want to take a blade class but after December 2nd I won’t be able to travel.
You can still register thru MCC web site.
Could I take the October blade class without a basic class? I won’t be able to go to any other blade class, thanks
No it is our requirement due to the pace of the blade class. We will have Blade classes after the new year .
Do you have any other Damascus classes sooner then the one for Nov 2019? I was looking for a Christmas present for my husband and he wants to take your Damascus class.
No as of this printing, if enough interest is made then I can schedule another class. The basic class is required before taking any advanced class. Feel free to call and I can answer your questions.
We may add one if there is enough interest . Call me and I can answer your questions. 402-680-9626
On behalf of the Country Bumpkins 4-H Club, YOU ROCK!! The kids (and parents!!) loved the field trip and small class that you held for us. Kathy – your candles were beautiful – thank you for showing us how you make them. We can’t wait to come back and have another class with you!!
It was a fun event, next one will be even better
Hi I am interested in taking ur class but I live a few hours from Omaha is there a place close by I could pitch a tent while attending the class thanks
I will have to think about that request, I have never had anyone asked that before . Feel free to call me at 4026809626
What is the difference between the blade class and the axe/blade class? Not sure which one to sign up for. Thanks.
The blade class we make two knives to completion and learn the process of heat treating tool steel.
The ax class we will make a camp ax and a throwing hawk.
I have a 13 year old that is very interested in becoming a blacksmith. Specifically making knives. Do you allow teenagers in your classes.
Yes but conditions apply. State law requires a parent to take the class with them and be with in arms reach. Child safety. Call and I can give you details. 402-680-9627
Hi I wanted to know if the Oct 17-18 is still open?
Yes there are open spots available . Call me and I can help you reserve one. 402-680-9626
It is full but cal me and let’s see how I can help you . 402-680-9626
Please send me an email with info for class prices. I would love to look into this. Thanks! 🙂
My basic class is $300, the advanced classes are $450.
The leather sheath class is $350.
What is the difference between the basic class and the Mcc class?
They are the same , the MCC class is paid thru Metro Comunity Colledge . You get the same great experience .
I would like to sign up for the next Basic course and Blades course.
Hi Seth, give me a call and I can help you find a class.
Call me and I can help you out. 402-680-9626