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Anacortes Senior College

Metals and Civilizations

with Paul Thorne


Metals have been worked by humans for over 5,000 years. Without metal tools, hardware, utensils, and weapons, civilization as we know it would be stalled in the Stone Age. The overall impact of metals on civilization, starting with copper, then bronze and finally iron, will be presented. Of all the metals, iron has had the most profound impact on our lives. Blacksmiths are the individuals who work iron into useful objects. This is the story of blacksmiths – their knowledge, metals, skills, tools, and place in history.

Instructor: Paul Thorne is a master blacksmith with over thirty five years’ experience in industrial, architectural, and artistic forge work. He currently teaches blacksmithing through group and private classes at his Anacortes studio. You can view his work at his Web site.  

  • Jan 16 - Feb 20th, 2020
    Thu for 6 weeks from 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Anacortes Middle School

2202 M Ave.
Anacortes, WA 98221 Get directions

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