The Missouri School of Blacksmithing
Offering classes for all skill levels
All Classes consist of hands-on learning with instruction by Matthew Burnett or guest instructors
All tools and materials provided.
Would you like learn blacksmithing?
About Matthew Burnett
I am thankful to be a blacksmith. I have been blacksmithing for
14 years now. I first observed blacksmiths at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival in 2002. I was immediately intrigued by it.
That November, at age 13, I took a beginners course from them
to learn basic blacksmithing skills. I can still remember the
excitement of that first class. I did not realize at the time that I
had taken the first step in a long and interesting journey.
I was fascinated by the whole process, and started collecting
the required tools and began blacksmithing on my own shortly thereafter. I joined the Blacksmith Association of Missouri
(BAM) in 2003 and have been active ever since. BAM has been
very important in my development. There are many members
of BAM who have generously shared their time and knowledge,
in formal classes, and at demonstrations. I am very thankful for
their teaching and friendship. I have also taken classes at the
Ozark School of Blacksmithing, and the New England School
of Metalwork. I’m glad that I can teach others now. I work
primarily in my own shop, but have demonstrated with
other blacksmiths at the Missouri State Fair, the Kansas
City Renaissance Festival, and at various shows at Cameron,
Hamilton, Lathrop, Excelsior Springs, and Chillicothe, for the
public, as well as several BAM meetings. I opened the Missouri
School of Blacksmithing in 2016, because I saw a need for it.
I try to approach my classes and teaching from the perspective
of what I would like to learn as a student. I look back to how I
learned, and I ask myself the question “What would be the
best way to learn, and become a better blacksmith?” I try to
think about what I would like to learn, or like to make. I
emphasize traditional joinery in my work, studying design
and balancing form and function. I think that the variety of
my experiences and interests in blacksmithing; i.e. making
tools, knives, furniture and sculptures, gives me a fairly broad perspective from which to draw from in teaching, as opposed
to specializing on 1 or 2 areas. I have mastered blacksmithing
but also see it as a continuing process of learning and discovery.
I have enjoyed the journey so far, and I look forward to