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What you should know

Here are some of the most common questions we receive about our welding workshops and custom metal art commissions. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, feel free to reach out to us directly – we’re always happy to help!

We offer a variety of project-based MIG welding workshops tailored mostly for women, but periodically families and couples. Classes are designed with beginners in mind.

You can sign up for our workshops through Eventbrite. Visit our Events Page, choose the workshop you're interested in, and follow the prompts to register and purchase your ticket.

No prior experience is necessary for our workshops. Just an adventurous spirit required.

*For intermediate and advanced classes, some basic welding knowledge is recommended.

We may cancel a class for extreme weather conditions, in the case of an emergency, if we have not reached the class minimum to run (3 students), or in the event of a teacher emergency.

While we understand and appreciate that students travel from all over to attend our workshops, we do make cancellation decisions based solely on the weather in our immediate area (Livingston County). Since winter weather is the standard here in the Finger Lakes Region, we generally only cancel classes if there is a recommendation to stay off the roads.

If you are concerned about driving in winter weather conditions, we recommend waiting for warmer weather to sign up.

Our welding workshops are open to everyone who identifies as women, trans, queer, and non-binary. Occasionally we have classes for families and couples.

Questions for First-Timers

  • Wear jeans, or thicker cotton pants, nothing frayed, they will catch on fire. Pants should cover your ankles.
  • Boots or heavy sneakers.
  • Cotton shirt (synthetic materials tend to be flammable)

We provide all necessary safety gear, including safety glasses, ear protection, gloves, welding jackets and helmets.

Yes, all materials and tools needed for the workshops are provided. You don't need to bring anything except a positive attitude and a readiness to learn and have fun!

Workshops are held at our barn studio at 8256 S Main St, Springwater, NY 14560.

Most of our workshops run for 2.5 to 5 hours. Detailed schedules are provided on our Events Page.

Payment Questions

The price can vary, but typically the price for the workshops hovers around $200. Check our events page for more specific pricing.

You can purchase tickets on Eventbrite with a credit or debit card, your PayPal account, or your Google Pay! Contact us if you are having trouble purchasing tickets.

Yes, gift certificates are available for purchase. Please contact us directly to buy a gift certificate.

Workshop fees are non-refundable under any circumstances. However, you can transfer your spot to someone else or use it as a credit for a future class. Please notify me at least 3 days before the class if you cannot attend to arrange for credit or transfer.

This policy helps protect our small business from potential losses due to the considerable time and expense involved in preparing materials for each class.

Custom Metal Benches & Furniture created by Ironwood Studios Inc. in the Finger Lakes & Rochester, NY

Custom Art Questions

Absolutely! We welcome custom commissions. Please contact us with your ideas and requirements, and we will work with you to create a unique piece.

You can request a custom piece by contacting us through our website or email. Provide details about your project, and we'll get back to you with a quote and timeline.

The price for a custom commission can vary greatly depending on the scope of work and the urgency of the request. Reach out to discuss your vision so we can give you a more detailed quote.

From custom art pieces for homes or businesses, to functional metal furniture in parks, towns, and villages, we have done it all. Visit our gallery to see some of our past work.

The price of our commissioned work reflects the level of experience and thoroughness of our process to bring your vision to life. Projects start at $1,000 and will vary depending on the scope of work. Contact us today to get a price for your welding project.

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Tom "Ozzy" Richens


Thomas Richens is a man of many talents, seamlessly blending his academic prowess with his passion for music and cultural preservation. Graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Geneseo in 2008, Tom has co-authored several noteworthy publications, including “Images of America: Letchworth State Park, New York.”

When he’s not deep in the archives, Tom takes center stage in the bustling world of live music production. As a drum technician for iconic bands like Megadeth, Dropkick Murphys, and PRIMUS, Tom ensures every beat hits with perfection. His meticulous work involves everything from setting up and repairing drum kits to working closely with audio engineers for the perfect sound. Off the road, Tom taps into another of his passions as the co-owner of Flower City Maple, producing and marketing high-quality maple syrup. Whether he’s behind the drums or in the maple woods, Tom’s blend of technical skill and creative flair make him a true maestro in his diverse fields.

His dual life extends to his co-ownership of Ironwood Studios, where he is currently the project manager for renovations and construction on the property. Once complete, Tom will be extending offerings in the barn to drum clinics, recording space and all things music on the 2nd floor of the Barn.

Stacey Mrva


Stacey Mrva, a professional metal sculptor from Rochester, NY, has spent over 25 years creating a diverse portfolio of custom sculptures for both public and private spaces throughout the Finger Lakes region. Her work, characterized by a unique blend of whimsy and functionality, resonates with clients who seek to bring their visions to life.

Stacey’s journey began at Syracuse University, where she initially studied jewelry making and metalsmithing. However, her passion shifted to sculpture when she first experienced welding steel. The challenge of transforming a cold, rigid material into fluid, organic shapes captivated her, sparking a lifelong dedication to the craft.

Her stunning creations range from steel furniture and railings to public signage, benches, wall art, and lighting—each piece meticulously crafted by hand. Stacey takes pride in her ability to tailor her pieces to fit any setting, making art an integral part of everyday life.

In the fall of 2022, Stacey began teaching welding workshops for women in her barn studio. Her passion for welding and empowering other women has created a welcoming space where they can break down barriers, foster confidence, and build lasting friendships.

“I’m an artist but also a craftsperson,” she says. “I love creating pieces that are not only visually striking but also accessible and functional.”

Stacey’s public installations can be admired along South Clinton Avenue in downtown Rochester, on Main Street in LeRoy, NY, and at notable locations like the Lodge at Woodcliff, the Meridian Centre Office Park, and Summit Federal Credit Union in Penfield, NY. Each piece reflects her commitment to enhancing community spaces through art.