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Basic Blacksmithing Class

February 5, 2020 - March 11, 2020

Join a small group for six evenings* of blacksmithing fun. Step back in time and learn traditional blacksmithing skills from our experts. The Museum’s 1885 Shipsmith Shop is the historic setting for your entry into the world of coal forges, hammers, and anvils. Topics include fire tending, heating, tools, hammer control and, of course, safety.

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

*Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11

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

After this class, continue to Beyond Basic Blacksmithing Class!