Pieh Tool Blacksmith School
Pieh Tool offers monthly artistic blacksmith classes in Camp Verde, Arizona. Classes are geared toward beginner to intermediate skill levels. No prior experience is require
*All students enrolled in our classes may take advantage of store wide 10% discount on merchandise purchases made during the class session.
Exclusions: Power or Treadle Hammers, Fly Presses, Jet Machinery & Equipment, Johnson Furnaces, Wilton equipment or any of the aforementioned accessories. Also excludes Classes, Gift Certificates and Sale items.
Dylan Cook first began working with metal at the age of 12 welding bed frames together in the hopes of building a helicopter. The helicopter never came into fruition but at the age of 19 he did start building duct and installing heating and cooling systems. Dylan,23, worked for a local startup company that promoted a foam and sheet metal construction technology. Dylan fabricated shop equipment as well as headed the research and development aspect of the new technology.
Dylan met Mike Riemer who introduced Dylan to the art of the blacksmith. From the first time Dylan witnessed iron being forged, Dylan realized that this was how he wanted to work with metal. As a way to support his education under Riemer, Dylan worked in a youth shelter, wilderness therapy programs and forestry surveys. Dylan Cook apprenticed under Mike Riemer for 3 years while acting as a striker and watching Riemer move iron in incredible ways. During this time, Dylan was introduced to the Orme School's Fine Arts Festival through accompanying Mike Riemer as his assistant for the Blacksmith workshop for two years.
While taking on a seasonal job in Southwestern Colorado, Dylan was introduced to Maegan Crowley. Maegan Crowley introduced Dylan Cook to a modern approach to forging and fabrication. Maegan Crowley has hired Dylan multiple times over the years to work out of her shop. Maegan Crowley's husband Gene officiated Dylan and his wife Kayla's wedding in 2014.
In 2011, Dylan approached the Orme School in Arizona about starting a year round blacksmith program that would fit into the art curriculum. The class quickly became one of the most popular classes on the campus. In it's first full year, two-thirds of the student population was enrolled in the class. The blacksmith class focused on beginner's techniques that concluded in individual projects and also community projects to contribute to the campus beautification initiative.