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Metalworking Courses & Workshops

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Riveted Steel Structure Workshop

Knives made at a recent bladesmithing course

May 20-21 and 27-28, 2017
9 am - 4 pm each day
4 Day workshop

Location: Basin Harbor
Tuition: $300 ($275 LCMM Members)
Ages: 16+

Instructor Jeff Dardozzi, LivingStructure

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the basics to the craft of riveting while participating in the creation of a full-scale riveted steel and timber structure to be erected on site by the participants. The workshop will also include a tour of one of the oldest riveted steel ships on Lake Champlain.

For more information and to register, click here!



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

Basic Bladesmithing


Location:
Basin Harbor
Tuition: $225 ($200 LCMM Members)
Ages: 14+

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.

Please bring a lunch, water, closed toed shoes, long pants, and preferably clothing made from natural fibers. Dress warm for winter workshops! The forge will warm up over the day, but start out chilly. 

Minimum Enrolment: Four (participants will be notified one week prior to the class date and refunds issued if minimum is not met) Maximum Enrolment: Five

Bladesmithing with Tom Larson,
March 25 & 26, 2017
FULL
Bladesmithing with Tom Larson,
April 22 & 23, 2017
FULL
Bladesmithing with Bob Bordeaux,
May 27 & 28, 2017

Eventbrite - Bladesmithing with Bob Bordeaux, May 27 & 28, 2017
Bladesmithing with Bob Bordeaux,
July 29 & 30, 2017
Eventbrite - Bladesmithing with Bob Bordeaux, July 29 & 30, 2017
Bladesmithing with Bob Bordeaux,
August 26- & 27, 2017
Eventbrite - Bladesmithing with Bob Bordeaux, August 26 & 27, 2017
Bladesmithing with Bob Bordeaux,
September 30 & Oct 1, 2017
Eventbrite - Bladesmithing with Bob Bordeaux, September 30 & Oct 1, 2017
Bladesmithing with Bob Bordeaux, October 28 & 29, 2017 Eventbrite - Bladesmithing with Bob Bordeaux, October 28 & 29, 2017

 

 

Beginners Blacksmithing (2-Day)


Location:
Basin Harbor
Tuition: $225 plus a $20 materials fee: $245 ($220 LCMM Members)
Ages: 14+

Come and explore the fascinating age old craft of Blacksmithing! 

This weekend long class is open to students with no prior forging experience. You will have an opportunity learn the basic tools and their uses, managing a coal forge/fire, and several controlled hand forging techniques. If you have some limited prior experience feel free to join as well in order to enhance your skills, explore new techniques, and perhaps create an heirloom.

Please bring a lunch, water, closed toed shoes, long pants, and preferably clothing made from natural fibers. Dress warm for winter workshops! The forge will warm up over the day, but start out chilly. 

Minimum Enrolment: Four (participants will be notified one week prior to the class date and refunds issued if minimum is not met) Maximum Enrolment: Five

Read more about MIke Imrie, your instructor: www.TwoWorldsForge.com

Beginners Blacksmithing with Mike Imrie
May 20 & 21, 2017
Eventbrite - Beginners Blacksmithing (2-Day) with Mike Imrie, May 20 & 21, 2017

 

Basic Toolmaking for the Smith (2-Day)


Location:
Basin Harbor
Tuition: $225 plus a $50 materials fee (including tool steel): $275 ($250 LCMM Members)
Ages: 16+

This weekend long class is open to students with some prior basic forging experience (coal fire maintenance, drawing out..)
We will create a variety of hand held and shorter vise-grip held chisels, punches, drifts and fullers of various shapes and sizes using 3/4" or 1/2 diameter
4140 tool steel. Basic heat treating of the tools will also be included. So, bring your tool needs and start forging !!

Note, forging tongs, hammers, and advanced heat treating and metallurgy are not covered in this class.

Read more about MIke Imrie, your instructor: www.TwoWorldsForge.com

Basic Toolmaking with Mike Imrie
June 17 & 18, 2017
Eventbrite - Basic Toolmaking with Mike Imrie June 17 & 18, 2017

 

 

Teen Basic Blacksmithing with Robert Wetzel (2-Day)


Location:
Basin Harbor
Tuition: $225 ($200 LCMM Members)
Ages: 14-17

Come and explore the fascinating age old craft of Blacksmithing! 

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.

Please bring a lunch, water, closed toed shoes, long pants, and preferably clothing made from natural fibers.

Minimum Enrolment: Four (participants will be notified one week prior to the class date and refunds issued if minimum is not met) Maximum Enrolment: Five

Teen Basic Blacksmithing with Robert Wetzel, June 24 & 25, 2017 Eventbrite - Teen Basic Blacksmithing with Robert Wetzel, June 24 & 25, 2017
Teen Basic Blacksmithing with Robert Wetzel, August 5 & 6, 2017 Eventbrite - Teen Basic Blacksmithing with Robert Wetzel, August 5 & 6, 2017

 

 


Hammer-In, May 13, 2017


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.

We are delighted to have Robert Bordeaux as featured demonstrator for the 2017 LCMM Hammer-In!

Robert Bordeaux has been an orthopedic nurse for the last 40 years. This is his full time job but for the last 20 plus years he has been learning the art of Bladesmithing/Blacksmithing during his spare time. Robert is self-taught for the most part and over the years has picked up a fair amount of knowledge about forging and heat treatment of different steels. With the internet came the ability to expand that knowledge and pick up information from some of the best knife makers in the world and how they do things. To date he has knives all over the US and a few in Canada. Early on he did a fair amount of Blacksmithing with one of his projects being a weathervane for The Vermont Teddy Bear company

At present during the winter months he attends gun shows where he sells the knives he makes and when not doing a gun show he teaches basic Bladesmithing from his shop in Waterbury Ctr year round and has also been doing classes during the summer at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Most of his spare time these days is focused on knife making and classes and gets to work on his knives whenever there is a spare minute or two.


Date: May 13, 2017, 9am - 4pm
Featured Blacksmith: Robert Bordeaux
Hosts: Warren Rinehart and Robert Bordeaux
Fee: $40 includes lunch

Eventbrite - Hammer-In May 13, 2017
Registration Required


 

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.

To Join the Guild: Annual fee is $25. An hourly "shop fee" of $5/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. 

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.