SLO MakerSpace Blacksmithing
Local Blacksmith Jim Bergman is currently hosting forging workshops and classes on
Sundays from 9a-12p.
Each class has a maximum of 4 people and will provide basic safety training and techniques. Those completing the class and signed off by Jim will be certified to use the forge at SLO MakerSpace.
Classes are $60 and require either a free SLO Library membership, standard, or family membership to SLO MakerSpace.
Ongoing use of the forge after the class will require a SLO MakerSpace membership.
Students must be 12 and older, and anyone under 18 must have a parent present and participating in the class as well.
Location: SLO MakerSpace, Pacific Coast Center, 81 Higuera St, Suite 160.
Clothing: Leather boots (steel toe preferred), long cotton pants/jeans, cotton shirt. No nylon/spandex/synthetic pants or shirts - they melt!
Remember to bring water and a snack if you need it. You can purchase a 2 1/2 pound hammer at Harbor Freight that is decent to start, and consider their glove/apron kit, or we do have hammers, gloves, and some welding jackets to use as well.
How to get started:
1. Sign up for one of our Membership options and sign the waiver:
Library Membership, free, limited access from 4p-7p M-F, no forge access outside of classes
Individual membership - $75, includes 2x 24 hour access memberships
Family Membership - $95, includes 2x Adult, 2x Youth 24 hour access memberships
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A Note for Members Using the Forge
The Blacksmithing certification is required in order to grant you access to the forge. For ongoing use of the metal shop, welders, and other tools, you will need to take the Welding/Metal certification as well.
The forge will be lit during community sessions. Please bring in your own propane tank when forging otherwise. You must always have a safety buddy when using equipment in the MakerSpace!
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Library Cardholder Special Access
With a valid SLO County Library card, and completed certification classes you can come to use the woodshop for free weekdays 4-7PM.
Come try out the SLO MakerSpace
and see what you can do!
Days and Hours
Weekdays 4PM to 7PM
24 Hour Access
Please contact us here with questions about hours.
Book An Appointment
or a Tour of the Shop
Certification Classes and Tools
This is a list of Certification Classes and the tools available to you once you take each class.
Please note this is potentially incomplete as we get new tools from time to time.
No Certification Needed
Sewing Machines (2)
Adobe Creative Suite
Special Certifications (each machine is their own course)
Silhouette Vinyl Cutter
CO2 Laser Cutter/Engraver*
Leather Working Tools
Hand Saws (wood)
CNC Mini Mill
Metal Chop Saw
Small-sized Sheet Break
Bike Frame Jig
Metal Band Saw
*-Woodshop 1 prerequisite
**-Woodshop 2 prerequisite
***-Metal shop prerequisite