There are two separate demonstration areas at our meets. The main forge with a traditional coal forge or optional gas forge is where the main demonstrations takes place, and is lead by nationally recognized blacksmiths geared toward an advanced skill level. A large pavilion with ten forging stations hosts our hands-on teaching program, designed for those wanting to learn and practice basic forging and fire tending skills. Participants are welcome to migrate between the two program areas to discover their comfort level. Both areas have all the tooling required, but participants are welcome to bring their own tools. Safety glasses, protective footwear, and noncombustible clothing are required, i.e. leather shoes and cotton or wool clothing instead of nylon or fleece. Participants under 16 must have an adult chaperone present. Children as young as 10 may be allowed to participate based on experience and maturity. Adult chaperones that are not actively participating in forging may register at the discounted student rate. Hands-on sessions are often limited to two hours so everyone that wants to may get some forge time, and are on a first-come basis. Choose your session when you sign-in on sight, and keep your expectations realistic! You will NOT be forging a beautiful knife your first time at the forge!