WCU offers blacksmithing class this fall

Western Carolina University will offer eight weeks of blacksmithing classes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Sept. 20 through Nov. 10 at Calerin Forge in Balsam.

Taught by David Burress (Calerin Forge is his), participants will learn fundamental skills in shaping iron on a traditional coal forge. The cost of the course is $375 and includes all materials with the exception of safety glasses, which participants should supply for themselves.

For more information about the class, sponsored by WCU’s Division of Educational Outreach, call 828-227-7397 or email hensley@wcu.edu. To register, go online to http://learn.wcu.edu and select “community classes, conferences and workshops.”

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Directions to Calerin Forge:
From Sylva (Exit 85), follow Highway 23/74 toward Waynesville for 6.4 miles. Turn right onto Hebron Lane. Pass a doublewide trailer on the left. Gravel road becomes paved. Once on pavement, take left-hand spur and climb hill. At top of hill (.2 miles from highway), turn left through green gate and continue uphill to shop or enter lower parking area and walk up. For additional directions, call Burress at 828-586-3995.