Damascus steel forging class to be held June 25th at Kaskaskia College

June 13, 2022

Kaskaskia College is proud to host "Forged in Fire" and "Master of Arms" blacksmith Dustin Rhodes of Dustin Rhodes Forge Works for a Damascus Steel Forging class on Saturday, June 25th, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. The course is being held at Kaskaskia College’s Harry L. Crisp Technology Center in Centralia, Illinois. 

Rhodes was featured in season 4, episode 2 of History Channel's "Forged in Fire" competition, season 1, episode 1 of Discovery Channel's "Master of Arms," and several local television programs. Rhodes' work can be found in collections across the country, and his semi-production work can be found in several retail stores. His business, Dustin Rhodes Forge Works, is located in central Illinois and specializes in early American and frontier-style pieces. 

This course is designed to give participants an introductory overview of steel Damascus forging, learn how to work safely and use proper forging tools and techniques, and make a Damascus billet to take home. The course cost is $350.00 per person, and all participants should bring safety glasses and leather gloves while also wearing closed-toe shoes, a long sleeve shirt, and long pants.
Space is limited, so course participants must register in advance to Cydney Richardson by emailing ce@kaskaskia.edu or calling 618-545-3255.

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