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Three day intensive classes for beginner to intermediate level is $550 per person. You will learn to blacksmith while making:

  • Bar B Que fork

  • Bulldog head

  • Candle holder

  • Chili pepper

  • Cowboy head

  • Cross – split metal style

  • Dragonfly

  • Grape vine with leaves wine rack

  • Hatchet – forge welded

  • Horse heads – 2 styles

  • Hummingbird

  • Indian arrow w/copper wrap

  • Knife 

  • Longhorn head

  • Mule head

  • Snake from rasp

  • Textured rose and leaf cup rack

  • Tool making

  •      Chisels and punches

  •      Tongs

  • Twists – assorted designs

  • Wizard head

  • Your Own Project


Zion Blacksmith School offers intensive beginning to intermediate skilled blacksmith classes.  Come in with limited, or no experience, and leave with 5-7 fully completed, well executed projects.  Cost of class is $550.


Unlike any other blacksmith school, at Zion Blacksmith School, you are able to choose the direction your skills are molded by selecting the projects you do.  Projects are technique based to establish skills that will be used in subsequent projects.  At the end of three days, you will leave with a new level of confidence in your forging ability and an arsenal of well honed skills including tapering, twisting, scrolling, forge welding and joinery.  As a testament of your newly acquired skills, you will also take home several beautiful pieces of hand forged ironwork, all crafted by you.


Gordon Williams has been teaching people the art of blacksmithing since the early 90's.  He  operated a school in Arizona at his shop, Victory Forge; was the resident instructor for ten years at Pieh Tool Company, and has taught numerous classes around the country at blacksmith guilds and associations.


Gordon is known throughout the blacksmithing community as the Energizer Bunny due to what seems like an unlimited supply of energy.  It's this energy level that sets Gordon apart as an instructor.  Most classes have students progressing through the same project at the same time. Those more skilled, wait on the rest. Gordon's high energy level affords him the amazing ability to have five students working on different projects, each at their own pace with no-one standing around waiting for instruction. 


Everyone agrees, when you take a blacksmith class under Gordon Williams, you get your money's worth! Classes are intensive. You will be busy all day, every day. Gordon is going to teach you as much as you are willing to learn but he will NEVER simply show you something then leave you to try and fumble through it. He provides all the assistance, individual attention and guidance you need in order to be successful and confident in the skills you are learning.  It is hard work but Gordon's fun sense of humor, the variety of projects and level of accomplishment make it fly by.  Most people find day one to be tough, both physically and mentally, due to the learning curve. But by day two, their skill base has increased, their body adjusts and they find a groove. By day three, they don't want to quit!

Zion Blacksmith School is located in the gorgeous, red-rock canyon land of Southern Utah, just outside Zion National Park on the East side. Bring the family to enjoy the sights while you take a blacksmith class. The closest airport is 1 1/2 hours away in St. George, Utah.  Las Vegas is just 3 hours away. Scroll down for lodging options.  

Meet Gordon 

Julie and Gordon Williams
Gordon working on firescreen
Grand Canyon job
View from the school
Sedona gate
Gordon designing
Blacksmith on a bike
Instructor Gordon Williams
Gordon demonstrates
Gordon goes big
Surreal view in Zion
Gordons firetools and firescreen
Gordon climbs Zion
Zion Blacksmith School


 * This is by no means an exhaustive list. It is highly recommended that you do not book lodging in Springdale or Rockville as they are on the other side of the park and traffic into and through the park can delay you considerably.  There are a number of Vacation Rentals in the area too.

Zion Ponderosa -          1-800-293-5444 

Two miles from the school. Offering Vacation Homes, Cabin Suites, Cowboy Cabins, Conastoga and Western Wagons, Tent,  RV and Glamping options. Restaurant and convenience store on sight. Great family location with pool, jacuzzi, and resort style fun. Use Promo Code: Blacksmith for a 10% discount.


Eighty Nine and Nine Economy Motel and RV  (435) 648-3383

Located at the scenic crossroads of Hwy 89 & Route 9, just 12 miles from Zion Blacksmith School. Multiple restaurants within 2 miles and right across the street from the Thunderbird Restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and alcohol, two convenience stores and a Subway Deli. Use Promo Code: Blacksmith for a 10% discount.

Best Western- East Zion Thunderbird Lodge    (435) 648-2203   

Twelve miles from school. Hotel accommodations. Thunderbird Restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and alcohol is on sight. Two convenience stores and a Subway Deli are within walking distance.

Mt Carmel Motel and RV Park-  (435) 254-5305

Clean and updated, small family operated hotel with RV sights and cabin rental. Located 15 miles from Zion Blacksmith School and within a few miles of multiple restaurants, convenience stores and a grocery store.

Zion Mountain Ranch Lodging-     1-866-648-2555  

Four miles from the school. Offering Lodges and Cabin Suites. Restaurant on sight. 


Hi Road Campground -         (877) 290-5756         

Four miles from the school. Tent and RV camping. Glamping option coming soon. Restaurant and convenience store across the street.



Mailing: PO Box 5582 Mt. Carmel, UT 84755


Cell: Gordon (928) 592-3897

(Gordon's cell service is limited. If urgent call Julie at (507) 381-5061)

Shop Directions: Hwy 9 to North Fork Rd; 

  North 2 1/2  miles to Clear Creek Canyon Rd; 

  East 1/2 mile. Shop is on left.

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