Blacksmithing Classes

Introduction to Blacksmithing Classes

Designed for those with an interest in learning the fundamentals of blacksmithing, and/or continuing their education. Students will learn to light and work with a coal forge to heat metal to more than red hot and then to use hammers and other tools to forge, bend and twist the hot metal to desired shapes.  Students will work hands-on with a coal burning forge and learn to forge iron into useful and decorative items.

The classes are intended for adults. However, responsible and well-behaved youth are invited to participate with accompanied, paid adult supervision, after confirming possible registration with staff.

Class Registration & Release Form

2024 Classes 

  • June 15th & 16th
  • June 29th & 30th
  • July 13th & 14th
  • July 27th & 28th
  • Aug 10th & 11th
  • Aug 24th & 25th
  • Sept 14th & 15th
  • Sept 28th & 29th
  • Oct 12th & 13th
  • Oct 19th & 20th

For more information or to get on the schedule please call (775) 482-9274


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Ramon Fagundo
Blacksmithing Instructor

At the Tonopah Historic Mining Park

We are very excited to welcome Ramon Fagundo to the Tonopah Historic Mining Park Blacksmithing Program. Ramon is an extremely talented individual, who brings a unique style, approach, and enthusiasm to the blacksmithing program.

Born and raised in West Virginia, Ramon relocated to Nevada over ten years ago. Ramon became interested in blacksmithing from a historical and cultural perspective in his early teens. As a birthday gift in 2004, he attended the Appalachian Blacksmith Association’s Fall Conference/Hammer-In.  Returning with an anvil, leg vise, and a handful of tools; Ramon started learning from books, the internet, and the school of hard knocks.

After 14 years of hobby status, blacksmithing, and pursuing other crafts and trades, in 2018, Ramon met a lifelong Ferrier named LeRoy “Doc” Dains. LeRoy became Ramon’s metal-moving mentor, and dear friend, pushing Ramon’s skills to a new level and giving him the confidence to show and promote his craft.

Ramon made the move to full-time blacksmith, craftsman, and artist in 2023 after finishing his education as the lead welder/fabricator at a large-scale production art company. He now teaches blacksmithing classes and demonstrates at several historic parks, such as the old Mormon Fort State Park in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he is the Lead instructor.

Working from his home shoppe, Ramon produces small to medium size home goods, décor, and outdoor art. His collaborative architectural blacksmithing work can be found throughout the Las Vegas area. Most notably, the entrance gate to Absinthe the Musical at Caesars Hotel and Casino.

Photos of past Blacksmithing Classes can be found on our Facebook page.

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