Donn Wagner, Blacksmith in Mesa, Arizona makes custom knives, fire irons, blacksmith course
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donn wagner teaches blcksmith course in mesa arizona

"At some other Blacksmith schools you might spend $300 or more for a two day weekend class and you will come away with a small trinket for your labor and money. With Donn Wagner you'll come away with

Blacksmithing skills or you won't, depends on you. Simple as that!"

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Donn Wagner teaches Blacksmith courses to both young and old alike.

Receive a cool Certificate of Completion

at the end of the course.

Donn loves to Blacksmith and the students like the one on one teaching he provides.


Donn Wagner trains in the age old craft of Blacksmithing as seen on The Game of Thrones and Vikings and most medieval shows and pre-1840's household items. From young to old Donn has a gift of teaching his craft to them.

Each course lasts for 4 weeks, this is a one-on-one Blacksmith training course where each student will finish having made several unique pieces of which they will be proud to have forged and crafted.

Donn is a true craftsman! His welding is beautiful. He takes his time and is extremely knowledgeable. I believe his specialty is making high quality knives but I asked him to make furniture for me and his work was exquisite! His prices are very fair as well. I have told many of my friends about him when they compliment me on the furniture

he has made for me.

Brooke Eastman, Mesa, AZ

Donn Wagner, Blacksmith in Mesa, Arizona makes custom knives, fire irons, blacksmith course

Donn Wagner is Lightning Creek Forge! He is an excellent instructor and mentor. He is top notch! He teaches his blacksmith skills in a simple and concise manner. Donn is safety oriented which is extremely important to follow instructions considering we work with high temperatures and tools. He is respectful and kind, but is not afraid to tell it like it is if someone is doing something wrong or dangerous. I have worked with metal for many years but I never truly had control over shaping metal into what I wanted it to be. Welding and building things is not the same as taking a raw piece of glowing red metal and pounding it into what you what it to be. A new found skill that I love. Learning from Donn, was a great experience for me and I will always be grateful for his instruction in blacksmith skills and also some life lessons learned along the way. Thank you Donn. I'll be back to finish working out the details with you for my new forge I am building. Respectfully, Michael

Taking Blacksmithing classes and getting the honor to apprentice for Donn Wagner was the best thing I've decided to do in Arizona.

I came out with so much skill and practice. Donn is an incredible teacher, he taught me plenty of metal work from absolute zero experience. I learned how to work with an anvil and different techniques to moving metal with a hammer. I became a lot more comfortable working with and around power tools and even learned the chemistry going on in the metal. Over all I would 100 percent recommend Classes from Donn Wagner. Samantha lawton, AZ

Donn Wagner also repairs and modifies old tools and equipment. Call for details.


Ken, one of Donn's students made

this beautiful 18th Century style

fully functional hand forged toaster.

I’ve known Donn Wagner for about 5 years now. He’s a great Blacksmith and amazing with kids. My 7 year old especially has had a great time taking classes from Donn. Since we home school we are always looking for opportunities for the kids to learn and develop. I highly recommend Donn’s work and his classes.

Nate Charlton

With years of experience, Donn exemplifies his dedication to his craft to a perfectionists standard, demonstrated through constant re-evaluation, of himself and his metal-working. I feel honored he passed his knowledge and expertise along to me when I took his Blacksmithing course. His teaching style is honest and practical, with no sugar-coating and consistent feedback. Coming with NO background in Blacksmithing, I recommend Donn because of his honesty, good humor, and devotion to traditional Blacksmithing.

Yvette Aguayo Mesa AZ.