Goat n Hammer has been offering 100% hands-on instruction for blacksmithing, bladesmithing, knife grinding, and associated metalworking skills in Atlanta, GA since 2013. Goat n Hammer hopes to provide expert guidance for hobbyists, and for those who wish to make a career in metalwork.
About Our Programs
We know that learning a new skill set can be daunting and we will try to guide you as best we can.
The first thing to decide is what do you want to learn. We offer programs in Blacksmithing, Knife Grinding, Bladesmithing*, and Lost Wax Casting. The next question to ask yourself is what sort of time and financial commitment you would feel comfortable making. We offer Introduction classes in all four subjects. These are low cost and low time commitment and are a perfect place to start. They are also a great way to try classes in multiple subjects, if you aren't sure what you'd like to focus in.
If at that point you want to learn more, we recommend our Foundational Skills programs*. These are longer format classes, and are designed to give you a good working knowledge of the basic principles and processes in your chosen subject. Each class builds upon the last, so practice is essential for progression. In order to help you keep your newfound skills sharp, we offer an open forge session most weeks called Hammer Therapy. You can read more about Hammer Therapy below.
We also offer Intensives in most subjects. These are often multi-day classes with the more advanced student in mind.Be aware, many of our classes require prerequisites. These are in place so that each student can get the most out of the class and have the best experience possible.
To read more about specific programs, just hover over the subject tab that you are interested in and click on the program that you would like to read about.
*please note that in order to be eligible to sign up for the Bladesmithing Foundational Skills program, you must have completed the Blacksmithing Foundational Skills through 400s and have completed the same level in the Knife Grinding Foundationals Skills. For example, a student entering Bladesmithing 100s must have already completed Blacksmithing 100s-400s and Knife Grinding 100s.
Most Wednesdays we offer 10 anvils and 4 grinders in two hour blocks on a first come first serve sign-up basis. These self guided sessions are perfect for anyone who has never swung a hammer before and those working on personal projects or projects from one of our various classes.
You must reserve an anvil and/or grinder in the time slot of your choice to be guaranteed a spot.
Anvils and grinders can be reserved through Eventbrite at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hammer-therapy-with-goatnhammer-tickets-26234190169
Please note, if the date that you see on this link has past, that means that the next Therapy has not been posted yet. Feel free to 'follow' us on Facebook here www.facebook.com/GoatnHammer to be kept abreast of what's happening at the the shop and when the next Hammer Therapy will take place.
No prior forging experience is required to attend Hammer Therapy.
Be sure to wear non-flammable (high cotton content) long sleeved shirt, long pants, and closed toe leather shoes. Always be sure to eat a hearty meal before you come in and drink plenty of water during your forging sessions.
We require all visitors to sign a liability waiver upon entering the shop. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
If you want to bring a minor, please contact us beforehand at firstname.lastname@example.org