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Basic Blacksmithing Class

Join a small group for six Wednesday evenings of fun and learn traditional blacksmithing skills from the Museum’s experts. The 1885 James Driggs Shipsmith Shop is the historic setting for your entry into the world of coal forges, hammers, anvils, and the shaping of hot metal into functional and decorative items. Topics include fire tending, heating, tools, hammer control and, of course, safety.

You will learn appropriate techniques, such as tapering, flattening, and bending and how to apply long-established blacksmith finishes. You will be able to distinguish between the colored of heated metal to accomplish specific tasks and ultimately you will make small objects of your own design or of samples provided.

Students must be age 16 or older.