Project Based Learning Electives provided by the Berrien Springs Virtual Academy                                

Blacksmithing     Spring 2024

This class will be listed under HUMANITIES and VOCATIONAL categories.

  • Blacksmithing and Forging primarily
  • Some exposure to other subjects @ Tillers

Current class schedule:

  • Jan. 29, 4:00 p.m. mandatory orientation meeting in Berrien Springs
  • Blacksmithing Sessions:
  • Mondays, April 8, 15, 22, 29 at Tillers, 9:00-1:00
  • Post class presentations,  TBD  by families.


This is an experiential education program.  The focus of this class will be on Blacksmithing, led by a highly experienced Blacksmith, with assistance from Tom.  Students will also be exposed to the other elements of Tillers;  horses and oxen, woodworking, traditional farming skills and timber framing. 

This is a serious class with genuine skill development. 

Parents are welcome to stay but not required.  
We will have an organizational meeting early in January to present Tillers International, discuss proper dress, lunch, safety issues and transportation.  We will also discuss a follow up presentation of creative piece from the activity.  You will be responsible to get to the class location. Tillers is about 60 miles from Benton Harbor.   Carpooling is encouraged.

*Please note: it is important to make as informed a decision as possible when choosing your student's Community Resource classes. Most locations will allow a student to drop a class after one meeting, at no charge if it wasn't a good fit for the student, but not all. Some classes plan ahead based on the number that have signed up and have purchased materials, hired teachers, etc. and there might be a fee for class time or materials given to the student if the student drops after one or two meetings. The school cannot pay for classes that students do not complete, so choose wisely; if you do not take the class off of your student's schedule by the deadline, you may be asked to pay for the class time incurred prior to dropping the class.
Teacher of Record:
Tom Hurst