KILLEEN, TX — Central Texas College is now offering a new blacksmithing program.
Over the centuries, blacksmithing was a highly-coveted career. As manufacturing evolved, the metal craft industry fell out of favor. However, a resurgence of interest in the art of blacksmithing coupled with a demand, has prompted the college to launch the program.
“Blacksmithing is all hammer and fire and created from scratch,” said Joepaul Meyers, blacksmith instructor.
Meyers is a third generation blacksmith. He is making sure this art is passed down to a new generation through the program at Central Texas College.
Meyers says the demand for blacksmiths is spiking.
“Given that the home market is a lot more expensive now, people are looking for metal work in their homes. Banisters, wall sconces, candelabras,” said Meyers.
Learning opportunities for aspiring blacksmiths were scarce. There are only two other programs in the state. Central Texas College aims to fill a void.
“Anyone can join. You don’t have to go through the regular application process at the college. You will have approximately 120 hours of training when it’s done,” said Morgan Matlock, Professional Development Coordinator, Central Texas College.
Central Texas College offers both day and evening classes to fit any schedule. After completing the course, Meyers says finding a position is promising in the current job market.
“They’ll be able to go into the job market. Work with some journeymen and people with experience and just hit the ground running,” said Meyers.
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