[Fe]ver Metal Art Center is owned and operated by Leslie Tharp Designs LLC.
Leslie Tharp has been working as a metal artist in Gainesville, Fl for over 12 years and has utilized the process of blacksmithing in her practice for 10.
Leslie has shared her passion for blacksmithing through hands on workshops and demonstrations for the past 7 years and has been awarded a Journeyman Certification through the Florida Artist Blacksmith Association and the 2019 Individual Artist of the Year award through the City of Gainesville.
Hands-on Workshops are a great way to dive into the world of blacksmithing and [Fe]ver offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to begin learning.  No experience is required to participate unless noted in the class description.  Enjoy small class sizes and learn step by step the techniques involved in completing the project of your choice.
Visit the Policies and Terms Page, and review the Workshop Policies  before registering.

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NEW Online Classes Coming Soon

In-Person Classes available October!

Private Parties encouraged

Book your own Half-day or All-day Private Workshop and pick the date that works best for your group. Choose the project your group would like to create from the list below. 


Contact Leslie directly to schedule - LeslieTharpDesigns@gmail.com


Three Hour Workshops can be scheduled in the morning, afternoon, or evening.


Multiple Individual Wall Hooks (2)

Marshmallow Skewers (2-3)

Spoon and Fork (one set)

Snakes (one 24" long snake)

Candle Holder (1)

Letter Opener (1)

Dinner Bell (1. 4 hours required)

Steak Turners (2)

Bracelets (2-3, or elaborate snake bracelet)

Hair Pins (set of 2-4)

**Pricing is $150 for 1-2 people, and $300 for 3-4 people. Additional students can join for $75 per person. Groups typically max out at 8 people, but if you would like to plan for more we can accommodate!



All Day Classes are from 9-5pm or can be divided into two half-day classes.


Trivet (1)

BBQ Set (Steak Turner, Fork, Spatula)

Ball Peen to Camp Axe (A lot of heavy hammering. More physically demanding than other classes.)

Survival Knife (extra price, 1 1/2 day class)

Wall Hooks on Decorative Back Plate (2-3 hook design)

Plant Hooks (2)

Tiny Hammer Door Knocker (intermediate)

Necklace Knife (1)


**Pricing is $250 for 1-2 people, $500 for 3-4 people and $125 for every additional person after that. Groups typically max out at 8 people, but if you would like to plan for more we may be able to accommodate.


Regular Age Limits apply. Please see the Terms and Conditions Page before registering.


All safety gear is provided. No experience is required unless noted.

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