The Museums at Lisle Station Park host several blacksmith classes throughout the year. To register for a blacksmith class, click the register online button associated with the course, or call 630-964-3410. For more information about our blacksmith classes, call 630-968-0499.


All classes are at the Blacksmith Shop, 921 School Street in Lisle. The blacksmith shop barn oncestood in Wisconsin and is a fully-functioning blacksmith shop. The 19th century building was disassembled, shipped and reassembled on our grounds. This historical building is where volunteers teach the art of blacksmithing throughout the year.





Blacksmith Facts

Blacksmiths were called the “Kings” of the trades because they made the tools for all the rest of the trades.

An apprentice, usually a boy of 12-14, was sent by his parents to work and study under the guidance of the blacksmith. He received no pay but was given a place to sleep, do his studies, and meals.

Early Lisle had between 5 to 6 blacksmith shops working until modern times. Farm communities, such as Lisle, needed them to repair machinery and tools, sharpen plows, and make iron work for new wagons, buggies, and other farm tools.


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Blacksmith Classes

Our blacksmiths will supply materials and safety equipment. It is suggested that you provide your own gloves and safety glasses for personal fit and comfort, though we will provide standard gloves and safety glasses. You must wear leather shoes and clothing made of natural fibers; long sleeves are suggested.



Basic Elements of Blacksmithing I

Location: Blacksmith Shop - 921 School Street, Lisle
Learn the processes of upsetting, drawing a taper, fullering, twisting and scrolling in our Blacksmith Shop. Bring home your own handmade project from this 3 hour class!


Age Date Day Time R / NR Reg. By
18 & up September 19 Tuesday 6:30-9:30pm $40 / $50 September 16
18 & up September 21 Thursday 6:30-9:30pm $40 / $50 September 18

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Basic Elements of Blacksmithing II

Location: Blacksmith Shop - 921 School Street, Lisle
Prerequisite: Basic Elements of Blacksmithing I or significant experience in basic blacksmithing. This 3 hour class will further develop your skills in the processes of forging to a specific dimension, fullering, punching holes, texturing, scrolling, and drawing a taper in our Blacksmith Shop. Bring home your own handmade project from this 3 hour class!


Age Date Day Time R / NR Reg. By
18 & up October 17 Tuesday 6:30-9:30pm $40 / $50 October 14

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Basic Elements of Blacksmithing III

Location: Blacksmith Shop - 921 School Street, Lisle
Prerequisite: Basic Elements of Blacksmithing I or significant experience in basic blacksmithing. This class will further develop your skills in the processes of fire management, ‘S’ scrolling, fishtail ends, right angle bend, riveting, forging to dimension, and forging to match an existing piece in our Blacksmith Shop. Bring home your own handmade project from this 2 evening class!


Age Date Day Time R / NR Reg. By
18 & up November 14 & 16 Tuesday, Thursday 6:30-9:30pm $60 / $70 November 11

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2017 Basic Blacksmithing Seasonal Project

Location: Blacksmith Shop - 921 School Street, Lisle
Prerequisite: Basic Elements of Blacksmithing I or significant experience in basic blacksmithing. Learn the processes of drawing a taper, twisting and scrolling in our Blacksmith Shop. Bring home your own hand-forged “stocking hanger” from this 3 hour class!


Age Date Day Time R / NR Reg. By
18 & up December 5 Tuesday 6:30-9:30pm $40 / $50 December 2

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