TEA After School Club

Blacksmithing Club

Forge, Hammer, Taper 1000 Degree Steel into Metal Works and Art - Now 7 Sessions!

In this widely popular offering, participants will craft steel into works of art, usable tools, hangers, racks and more. This offering is designed for beginner and intermediate smiths, no experience is required though an appetite and interest in learning hard smithing skills is a must. Returning students with many years and sessions of experience will dive even deeper into this one-of-a-kind creative, physical and ancient craft.

Important safety techniques, protective equipment and best practice will be demonstrated and reviewed to iterate the dos and don’ts of working with hot steel, tools and equipment. Sessions are instructed by our very own, CBA Level II Certified TEAcher, Loren Trux, who has taught many hundreds of campers and students to blacksmith over the last ~10 years at Tahoe Summer Camps / TEA.

in this course metal is heated to 1000+ degrees and using anvils, hammers and metal specific tools, participants will bend, forge, punch and taper hot metal into works of art and tools. Participants will walk away with finished products like bottle openers, marshmallow skewers, decorative key hangers and more. Return smiths will create more elaborate metal works, like liver hooks, decorative works of art, wall rack-hook assemblies and the like.


Who: Blacksmithing Club is for 5th – 8th graders this Spring.

When: Mondays beginning April 22nd. Blacksmithing club is now offered for seven sessions instead of six! Listed on the school calendar here and below.

  • April 22 & 29
  • May 6, 13, 20, & 22
  • June 3

Where: Tahoe Expedition Academy Base Camp, 9765 Schaffer Mill Rd., Truckee, CA 96161.

Instructor: Loren Trux, CBA Level II Certified Blacksmith.

Limit: 10 participants.

What to Bring: Snack, water. Participants must wear long sleeve natural fiber pants and shirts. We will provide tools, aprons, ear, hand and eye protection.

Cost: $250.00

Register: Click here to register.

Scholarships – It’s our goal to ensure that programs are available to every enrolled student and family – program costs should not deter participation. To ensure this, Tahoe Expedition Academy offers need based financial assistance for Athletics and Activities programming. Please contact the TEA Athletics and Activities Department for details at or . All inquiries are confidential.

Blacksmithing Photos