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Arapaho Ranch Field Station -Thermopolis

Axe Making Workshop- Thermopolis

3-day workshop to build two basic blacksmithing tools to form, shape, and sharpen an axe head and put it on the hickory handle. THERMOPOLIS, WY

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Axe Making Workshop- Thermopolis
Axe Making Workshop- Thermopolis

Time & Location

Jul 28, 2023, 8:30 AM – Jul 30, 2023, 5:00 PM

Arapaho Ranch Field Station -Thermopolis, 2080 Hamilton Dome Rd, Thermopolis, WY 82443, USA


About the Event


Each step of the way, David will describe what will be done next, give a demonstration, then supervise as students do the process themselves. This workshop is designed to give you a successful start.

Each workshop is limited to four students, which provides a personal teaching atmosphere not found in most blacksmith schools. Each student will share a gas forge with one other student and their own anvil to work with. All tools and materials are provided; you will make some of your first tools!

The workshop includes 3 days of instruction and lunch each day.

Classes start at 8:30 each morning, break for a 30-minute lunch that is provided, and work until 4:30 or 5:00 pm.

Wear leather closed-toe shoes, long cotton pants, T-shirts and a long-sleeved cotton shirt. Baseball caps are a good idea; long hair must be tied back. Bring your preferred safety glass or goggles, if you wear prescription glasses, you may not need safety glasses.

About Arrowhead Forge School of Blacksmithing Owner and Instructor

David W. Osmundsen started blacksmithing in 1976 with an experienced Blacksmith Mentor. His blacksmithing career includes artist blacksmith, industrial tool smith, and gunsmith. He has taught blacksmithing in Colorado, Maine, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. His School for Blacksmithing, Arrowhead Forge, is in Buffalo, Wyoming.

David's functional iron art and primitive recreations have been displayed in galleries nationwide. He has completed work for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Park Service, and the National Forest Service. David is certified by The Northern Rockies Blacksmith Association to teach the National Curriculum of the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America

Arapaho Ranch Field Station Workshop Accommodations

The Arapaho Ranch Field Station operates within the footprint of the working Arapaho Ranch, owned by the Northern Arapaho Tribe. The Field Station School operates out of the early 20th-century structures of the original ranch headquarters. Our office is located on Wy Hwy 170 in the old Company Store known as the C-Store, overnight accommodations are available in the 1918 Mansion reminiscent of an Italian villa, and workshops are being held in the caretaker’s quarters.

Thermopolis is 20 minutes from the Arapaho Ranch Field Station, where workshop participants can arrange their own accommodations if dorm accommodations do not suit their style.

There is dorm-like lodging at the Field Station for $50 per night, not including food. Participants either cook their own meals or often build communal meals for dinner and manage their own breakfast.  The Mansion has a kitchen with basic cooking utensils, cutlery, and dishes. There is a bathhouse with private shower stalls, lots of hot water, and a beautiful 1918 Mansion to hang out in with your workshop mates and instructors.


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    Lunch is provided each day. Accommodations, breakfast, and dinner are not included Located at the Arapaho Ranch Field Station 2100 Hamilton Dome Thermopolis, WY

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