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Basic Blacksmithing Class

Step back in time 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.

During the six-part class, you will learn appropriate techniques, including tapering, flattening and bending, and how to apply long-established blacksmith finishes. You will also learn how to distinguish between the colors of heated metal to accomplish specific tasks. Ultimately, you will make small objects of your own design or of samples provided.

This is a group lesson of 4 to 6 students. Students must be age 16 or older.