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Workshop Policies

Age Requirements

You must be 12 years or older to attend, and students 12-15 must be accompanied by a registered and participating adult.

Students 16-18 must attend with a parent or guardian, but can register and participate independently.

Please review with Leslie your child's personality and experience with hands-on projects before signing them up.

Experience Requirements

Unless otherwise noted in the Workshop Description, these classes require no experience to participate in.


Dress Code

Closed toed shoes and denim pants are required. Leather boots are recommended if you have a pair. Your shirt can be short or long sleeves as long as it’s comfortable and made of cotton (remember it can be several degrees warmer by the forge).

Synthetic fibers should not be worn while blacksmithing.

If the weather is chilly or warm that day, please dress accordingly as we will be working outside but in the shade.

Refund Policy

Full refunds will be issued for cancellations made with 2 or more weeks’ notice of your workshop date.

50% refunds will be issued for cancellation made with 1 week notice of your workshop date.

No refunds will be given for cancellation made within 1 week of the workshop date.

This is an industry standard for many art workshops and guarantees the facility and instructors the resources needed to plan and run these workshops based on the number of students who have signed up.

Our Right to Cancel or Reschedule Your Workshop

We retain the right to cancel or reschedule your workshop if our minimum registration requirement is not met. This decision will be made 7 days prior to your workshop, and you will be contacted within this timeframe and offered a chance to reschedule or receive a full refund immediately. We always regret having to make this call, and will often contact you further in advance to let you know this may happen and encourage you to share the event with friends and encourage last minute sign ups.


Registering with a Gift Certificate

Beginning in November 2018 Gift Certificates will be sold as a variety of values and will be valid for ONE YEAR.


If you received a Gift Certificate that was purchased in 2017, you have until Dec 31st, 2018 to use it. Your certificate can be redeemed for a ONE DAY Workshop and a TWO EVENING Workshop at no additional costs. Email  to register.


Gift Certificate Cancellation Policy

If you need to reschedule the workshop you’ve registered for, you must do so with 2 weeks’ notice to retain the full value of your Gift Certificate. If you reschedule with only 1 weeks’ notice your certificate will be valued at 50%, and 0% if less than 1 weeks’ notice is given.

This is the same policy we have for regular registration, and this ensures our ability to run these specialized workshops in the future.

Waiver of Liability

We require every student sign a Waiver of Liability Form prior to your workshop, and that form will be sent to you at your time of registration.

All your safety gear will be provided and safety training will be the first topic we cover in each class. If at any point in your workshop you need assistance or want to take a break, please feel comfortable requesting it.


These classes are designed to be fun and educational and we understand that everyone arrives with individual skill sets.  We do not expect you to master the techniques you are being taught on your first day.  We appreciate you arriving well rested and with a clear head, so we can all enjoy our time together!


Unless otherwise noted in the Workshop Description, your workshop will be held at the metal studio of Leslie Tharp Designs LLC in Gainesville, FL. Leslie’s studio is located on the NW side of town near the 121 and 441 intersection. Detailed directions will be sent to you once your registration is complete.

Leslie Tharp’s metal studio is not open to the public outside of workshop times and you must be registered for the workshop you are attending in order to visit the studio. We know this can be a bit of a disappointment for those who would love to swing by and introduce themselves before class, or just scout out the area to get an idea of where the studio is located, but please be respectful and refrain from dropping by without an appt.

Do you have any questions we can help answer?

Feel free to contact Leslie directly at for assistance.  

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