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Black Horse Forge is a Veteran Non-Profit, Run by Veterans

Classes

All classes are for veterans, active-duty military, first responders unless otherwise noted in the class name and description.

 

Click EventBrite link below to register for classes.

 

Note:  100% of the funds raised from the civilian classes go back into funding free classes for our veterans, active military, and first responders, many of whom are battling PTSD or dealing with other injuries. This is a tax deductible donation.

Basic Blacksmithing Class

Two-Day Knife Class

Railroad Spike Knife Class

Learn how to use color to determine temperature, find out how different hammers move the metal in different ways, try your hand at twisting and and hot cutting . . . all while making useful items such as a BBQ spatula, bottle opener, etc.

Over the course of two days, learn how to forge a full-tang knife, shape and fit the handle, bevel the blade, properly heat treat and more! Participants must attend BOTH DAYS to complete a knife.

Take an ordinary railroad spike and learn how to forge it into a useful, functional knife that will serve well for years to come!

Tool Making Class

Two-Day Stock Removal Class

Learn how to make a tool of the blacksmithing trade that can be used to help create all your metal projects!

 

Email ahead to find out which tool we’ll be making for this specific class. It could be a hammer, a punch, tongs, or another handy gadget.

Over two days, design a knife; learn grinding techniques/edge beveling, handle finishing, and proper heat treating/tempering processes.

 

(Veterans/active duty/first responders may register a "plus one" who is not in that category as a support person.)

 

This class is a good option for those with limited upper body strength due to injury or other disability, as no forging will be done. ***Please note it is from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. To finish your knife, you must attend both days.

Two-Day Civilian Knife Class

Civilian Railroad Spike Knife Class

This class is for those who have never served in the military or as first responders, but who want to help the men and women who have. And learn some skills along the way.

 

Over the course of two days, you'll learn how to make a full-tang knife from beginning to end - everything from forging the blade and grinding the edge, to making the handle and properly heat treating the metal. ***You must attend both days to complete your knife.

 

100% of the funds raised from this class go back into funding free classes for our veterans, active military, and first responders, many of whom are battling PTSD or dealing with other injuries. This is a tax deductible donation.

This class is for those who have never served in the military or as first responders, but who want to help the men and women who have. And learn some skills along the way.

 

Take an ordinary railroad spike and learn how to forge it into a useful, functional knife that will serve well for years to come!

 

100% of the funds raised from this class go back into funding free classes for our veterans, active military, and first responders, many of whom are battling PTSD or dealing with other injuries. This is a tax deductible donation.

AROUND THE FORGE

Here are some things that some of our visitors have made at the forge.

ABOUT

Our Mission & History

 

MISSION

Black Horse Forge (BHF) instructs veterans, active duty military, first responders, and their supporters in the art and craft of blacksmithing with the goal of providing a sense of accomplishment, mental and physical well-being, and the knowledge and experience to continue the craft in their own communities.

 

HISTORY

Black Horse Forge was created in 2018 by Steve Hotz retired as a sergeant and served in the 325th Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. He provides much of the blacksmithing equipment and is passing down his knowledge of the craft. Steve has been Blacksmithing for 8 Years. He is also on the path to become a Journeyman Knife Maker then onto a Master Bladesmith.

 

Black Horse Forge Cadre are Veterans, Active Duty along with Law Enforcement. The Black Horse Forge Family consists of the students, volunteers, and talented individuals who make our mission possible.

 

Black Horse Forge has expanded to include several affiliate forges throughout the United States. Black Horse Forge is also proud to be affiliated with the Veteran Forges in The United Kingdom and Australia.

 

MEET THE TEAM

Our team is made up of civilian and veterans with one mission in mind.

STEVE HOTZ

PRESIDENT

SERGIO RANGEL

VICE PRESIDENT

GREG CAMPBELL

DIRECTOR OF AFFILIATE FORGE

AMY HOTZ

SECRETARY

CARTER HARRELSON

DIRECTOR OF CADRE

ED HEILBORN

DIRECTOR OF CADRE

JAY DUPRIEST

CADRE

DAN HATFIELD

DIRECTOR OF TRAINING

RICKEY STUCHELL

FUNDRAISING

SHAWN STANKO

CADRE

Frequently Ask Questions (FAQ)

CONTACT US

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Our goal is to have a positive impact on veterans’ lives and the lives of their supporters. This takes time, patience, and focused caring. We are about the quality of our contribution to their lives more than the quantity of people who come through our program. If you or someone you know are interested in participating in our program, we would love to hear from you, learn where your interests lie, and keep you updated as our program expands. Input from veterans and their supporters will help guide us as we grow.

 

If you are interested in supporting Black Horse Forge, through donation of supplies, equipment, or financially, we are glad to talk with you about the needs of the forge. We are a 501(c)3 federally recognized nonprofit.

 

For those who are blacksmiths and are interested in donating your time and talent to help veterans, give us a call or send an email. Special classes, guest talks, and time beside masters of the craft will inspire and fuel a passion for blacksmithing for our veterans and their supporters. We are all about that!

 

Thank you for your interest! We look forward to hearing from you.

 

BLACK HORSE FORGE

 

29 Utah Place Ste 107

Fredericksburg, VA 22405

(240) 644-5768

 

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