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 2019. Class dates are filled by calling me and paying a $100. deposit. The cost of the Basic class is $300.00 witch covers all materials and lunch both days. Additional charges for advanced classes based on the cost of materials. 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 your deposit will be applied to a future class.

Jan 5-6 2019 Metro CC class

Jan 19-20 2019 Basic Class FULL

Feb 2-3 2019 Private Class FULL

Feb 9-10 2019 Tool class , must have taken a basic class to qualify FULL

Feb 23-24 2019 Basic Class FULL

Mar 2-3 2019 Blade Class , must have taken a basic class to qualify FULL

Mar 9-10 2019 Metro CC class FULL

Mar 23-24 2019 Basic class FULL

Apr 13-14 2019 Basic Class Private

Apr 27-28 2019 Basic Class FULL

May 11-12 2019 Basic class FULL

May 25-26 2019 Tool Class must have taken a basic class to qualify FULL

May 18-19 PBA spring Conference

June 1-2 2019 Basic class Full

June 15-16 Blade class , must have taken a basic class to qualify Full

July 6-7 2019 Basic Class Full

Aug 10 10th annual tool swap meet and BBQ.

Aug 24-25 2019 Basic Class Full

Sep 7-8 2019 Tool Class, must have taken a basic class to qualify Full

Sep 14-15 2019 Basic Class Full

Sep 21-24 2019 PBA fall Conference,

Oct 5-6 2019 Metro CC Basic Class

Oct 19-29 2019 Basic Class

Oct 26-27 2019 Blade Class, must have taken a basic class to qualify

Nov 2-3 Tool Class, must have taken the basic class to qualify.

Nov 16-17 2019 Damascus class, must have taken a basic class to qualify FULL

Nov 23-24 2019 Basic Class

Dec 14-15 2019 BLADE CLASS,must have taken a basic class to qualify.

Dec 21-22 2019 Basic Class

Dates may change due to events beyond my control. A $100 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


49 Responses to CLASSES 2019

  1. 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.

  2. Chase Erickson says:

    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?

  3. Hi Case, send me your contact info and a good time to call. Thanks Elmo

  4. pattiekat says:

    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,

  5. Mike Bailey says:

    would I need to take the basic class and tool class before I take the blade class?

  6. Mike Bailey says:

    Also, is the basic class for adults?

  7. Ian Tyler says:

    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!


  8. Donald Smith says:

    Hey where are classes held I live in Omaha Nebraska are you close? And do you do payment plans?

  9. Tina Sondgeroth says:

    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?

  10. Philip Simpson says:

    How much are the blade classes?

  11. Trinity Jensen says:

    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.

  12. Jake Wild says:

    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.

  13. Nicole Dempsey says:

    Is there an age requirement? Our son would really like to attend it with his dad?

  14. Kari Casady says:

    Do you have openings in the basic classes in October 2017?

  15. David lane says:

    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.

  16. Jeff Swope says:

    Wanting classes in knife making and basics in in forging

  17. Kayla says:

    Hello are you guys located in Omaha or lincoln?

  18. Kasey Richards says:

    Is it $300 a person or for 2 people

  19. Derik Howe says:

    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.

  20. Chloe Pham says:

    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.

  21. Chloe Pham says:

    Could I take the October blade class without a basic class? I won’t be able to go to any other blade class, thanks

  22. Angela says:

    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.

  23. Amy Epps Rolle says:

    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!!

  24. Jeremy says:

    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

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