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Basic Blacksmithing Class

March 7, 2018 - April 11, 2018

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, 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, 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 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.