Missouri School of Blacksmithing
There are endless you-tube videos and books on the subject of bladesmithing and blacksmithing but there is no substitute for having a knowledgeable instructor guiding you through the steps. There is no replacing experience. Today I had the pleasure of working with and learning from a very experienced guy and I'm hoping some of that knowledge wore off on me.
Matthew at the Missouri School of blacksmithing and I walked though his shop and talked about his journey as well as a myriad of other topics. From the many powered hammers to the wall lined with coal forges he has filled his shop with all the tools any aspiring smith could need to learn. For over 20 years Matthew has been working hot steel and has taught others the art for the last 8.
If you are looking for a school in north west Missouri to learn from a true professional in the art, then I highly recommend Matthew. Not only does he teach forging but he has gathered masters in other crafts to teach classes as well. The principle reason for my visit today was to learn more about leather work and the experience was phenomenal.
Tom Petty, no not the deceased musician, was the instructor for the leatherworking class and was very detailed and professional. He walked us through each aspect of the project as well as how to tell the difference in types of leather and explain the plethora of tools in his arsenal as well. A true artisan at his craft, Tom took time to make sure we understood each step of the process as we took the journey in making our projects.
Overall, the experience at the Missouri school of Blacksmithing was absolutely excellent and I plan on going back to get some hammer time in with an expert. No matter what skill level you are at in your journey there is always more to learn and you will always learn better in person than you will from a video.
Thanks Matthew Burnett and Tom Petty for the outstanding experience!
You can reach Matthew or a member of his team here to book your experience. Remember to have fun, be safe, and always Forge Ahead!