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The 1,800-square-foot Rinehart Blacksmith Arts Center is a state-of-the-art facility for blacksmith instruction. Four fully equipped work stations are available for student use, and LCMM offers courses & workshops for nearly every level of blacksmith instruction, from teens to expert. This facility was made possible in large part by Warren Rinehart, whose inspiriation and generosity founded this center. He continues to inspire us with his work - stop by and see what he's working on now!






Blacksmith Greg Gehner at his PA forge.

SUPPORT coffee table made by blacksmith Greg Gehner.

Greg Gehner at his forge in Pennsylvania,
and a coffee table he made.
Click to see more of his work on Facebook.

Annual Hammer-In - May 31, 2014

Blacksmiths and metalworkers from Vermont and beyond gather at the Blacksmithing Arts Center to exchange information and compare work. Featured instructors help participants expand their knowledge and skills to create utilitarian and decorative objects. Museum visitors are welcome to observe the workshop and other presentations and chat with participants.

We are delighted to have Greg Gehner as featured demonstrator for the 2014 LCMM Hammer-In!

Featured blacksmith Greg Gehner grew up in Illinois where his first metals experience was straightening old nails to fix fences and build tree houses on the farm. Eventually, experimentation led to passion and then profession. Today he is the owner and operator of Transit Forge in Cambridge Springs, PA which specializes in sculptural, functional, and architectural forged and fabricated ironwork for both interior and exterior applications. We love the pieces on Greg's Facebook page. Come see him in person at the Rinehart Blacksmith Arts Center at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum on May 31, 2014.

Date: May 31, 2014, 9am - 4pm
Featured Blacksmith: Greg Gehner,
Hosts: Warren Rinehart and Peter Wells
Fee: $35 includes lunch
Registration Required: Call or email us at
(802) 475-2022,


LCMM Blacksmithing Guild

LCMM's state-of-the-art 1,800-square-foot Rinehart Blacksmith Arts Center includes a studio shop that can accommodate up to five smiths. This has been a wonderful addition to the museum and has been used for our many blacksmithing classes and Annual Hammer-In.  We are now offering the shop space to experienced blacksmiths for individual use.

Only Members of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (at any membership level) are eligible to participate in the Blacksmithing Guild. To Join the Guild: Annual fee is $35. An hourly "shop fee" of $10/hour includes the cost of coal, electricity and use of the shop equipment and tools.  New steel is available with the cost/foot of stock used posted.  There is no charge for scrap steel; i.e. "take some, bring some."

Members may bring a guest who may work at the member's forge, but the guest cannot use a second forge.  Children 12 years of age and older are welcome to work in the shop under the supervision of a competent adult. 

Blacksmith Demonstration

Experienced blacksmiths wishing to join will be asked to demonstrate safe blacksmithing skills prior to use of the shop.  Warren Rinehart or another Museum appointed blacksmith, will supervise a 1-2 hour introduction and orientation to the shop for experienced people interested in joining.  Applicants will be asked to demonstrate competence in fire management and basic forging techniques.  Beginners are required to take an approved introductory course before they can be considered for membership.  The highest standard of safety in the shop is essential.

Guild Blacksmiths will be responsible for scheduling time in advance by phone with the LCMM staff and signing in when they arrive and depart.  Guild Blacksmiths will be responsible for documenting their shop time and the cost of any new steel used.  Guild Blacksmiths will be billed and expected to pay monthly to remain in good standing.  Keeping the integrity of the shop in terms of tools, cleanliness, and locking the shop when the member leaves, is the responsibility of all and essential for the success of the museum’s ability to offer this type of membership.  Guild Blacksmiths need to respect the space and leave the shop as they found it. 

There will be no alcohol use or smoking allowed on the Museum grounds.  Safety glasses are required at all times in the shop.  The use of hearing protection and gloves is highly recommended.

The potential for the LCMM Blacksmithing Guild is limited only by the enthusiasm and vision of the members.  Regular demonstrations may be arranged on topics including specific skills, guest instructors, or public demonstrations.  A blacksmith blog to share information and ask questions is possible for providing useful information among members.  Suggestions for strengthening the LCMM Blacksmithing Guild are always welcome.

Blacksmithing Guild Monthly Gatherings on First Saturdays

Ready to join the LCMM Blacksmithing Guild? Download the Application Form and contact us at (802) 475-2022 to get started.


Blacksmithg Courses and Workshops 2014

Notice what a great discount LCMM Members receive on courses & workshops? Become a Member today!

Contact Samantha Williams, (802) 475-2022, ext 115
We accept MC, Visa, Check, or Money Order


Decorative Blacksmithing Warren Reinhart
This two day course is designed for experienced blacksmiths looking to learn new techniques to create beautiful works of art in metal. The focus will be on sculptural pieces, and the instructor will work with you to create your own distinctive design. When registering for the course, please have a project or idea in mind. At the end of the course, you will bring your unique piece home with you.
Date: September 20-21, 2014; Cost: $ 215 ($193 LCMM Members)


Bronzecasting 101
Bronzecasting 101

Bronze Casting 101 Richard Butz
Ever wanted to make objects in bronze? During this hands-on workshop you will learn how to assemble or make the equipment necessary to operate a small foundry using the sand casting method. Limited to 6 participants – a great opportunity for a parent-child (12+) experience.
Date April 26; Cost $175 ($157 Members)


Teen Basic Blacksmithing Robert Wetzel
Teens ages 14-17 will learn management of a traditional blacksmiths forge and the techniques of shaping hot iron into useful or decorative items. No previous experience required.
Dates: June 28-29, 2014; Cost: $165 ($148 LCMM Members)
Dates: August 2-3, 2014; Cost: $165 ($148 LCMM Members)

Basic Blacksmithing - Peter Wells
This introductory workshop will acquaint you with the basic metallurgy of ferrous metals, the  management of a coal forge and the manipulation of iron and steel into useful and/or decorative objects using traditional blacksmithing tools and techniques. Expect to finish with several examples of your newly acquired skills. 2 or 3 day classes.
2 Day July 12-13, 2014; Cost $215.00 ($193 LCMM Members)
3 Day July 25-27, 2014; Cost $280.00 ($252 LCMM Members)

Blacksmithing Projects - Peter Wells
Open to students with previous forging experience, an opportunity to enhance your skills, explore new techniques, and perhaps create an heirloom.
Dates: August 9-10, 2014; Cost $215 ($193 LCMM Members)

Eventbrite - Hinges, Hasps, and Handles Hinges, Hasps and Handles - Peter Wells
This workshop is for students with  previous experience in basic forging techniques. The emphasis will be on the creation of simple hardware suitable for your handmade doors, trunks, cabinets, etc. You will be introduced to a variety of possible designs and with persistence, you should complete the workshop with a selection of your own heirloom hardware.
Dates: August 16-17, 2014; Cost $215 ($193 LCMM Members)

Knives made at a recent bladesmithing course
Knives made at a recent bladesmithing course.

Basic Bladesmithing Robert Bordeaux
This two-day course will teach students how to forge a hidden tang knife blade including the basics of how to heat treat and temper blades. Each student goes home with a complete knife. 9:30am – 4:30pm Saturday and Sunday. Offered seven times this season! 
Select from these 2014 Dates April 19-20; May 17-18; June 21-22; July 19-20; August 30-31; September 27-28; October 18-19
$175 ($157 LCMM Members)




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