Blacksmithing couples event in Lynchburg teaches fun yet practical skills

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — A typical couples outing in Lynchburg can include dinner, dancing, and maybe a show or concert if COVID-19 allows it, but how about blacksmithing.

That’s what Vector Space, a non-profit makerspace in Lynchburg, has brought to interested couples looking to gain an ageless trait.

Saturday’s instruction was the first at Vector Space to be led by Michael Hanna, a blacksmith with three years of experience under his belt.

Two couples pose behind their “LOVE” creations at Vector Space

Hanna taught an introductory-level blacksmithing course, included basic safety, how to use the tools, and simple hammering techniques.

There are instructional for more intermediate smiths who have the basics down.

Hanna says while this outing for couples is fun, it also provides a practical skill that can be used in everyday life.

“People have been blacksmithing and using metal for all sorts of things for many many years, so it’s a really interesting craft in that sense,” Hanna said. “At the same time, it’s good to learn to use around your house. I mean, if you live on a homestead or if you’re farming or whatever it is, you can literally just go out into your shop and make whatever you want out of metal. That kind of unique in it of itself.”

Vector Space’s more advanced level blacksmithing courses — which Hanna hopes to give next month — include students making, for example, bottle openers and knives, according to Hanna

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