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Blacksmithing Opportunities

Metalworking Courses & Workshops 2016

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Youth Blacksmithing
Heavy Metal Mania

Heavy Metal Mania - ages 10-12

Date: July 5-8, 2016
Time & Location: 9:30-4:00, Basin Harbor. Shuttle service available from Burlington & Shelburne.
Tuition: $325 ($295 LCMM Members)
Ages: 10-12

An introduction to smithing, casting and tin-knocking. Want to play with red hot metal and hit things really hard? This sampler gives a taste of the ancient arts of pounding iron, melting bronze and shaping sheet copper. Work with your hands, get dirty, make and take cool stuff.

Blacksmithing For Teens

Dates: July 9-10 & August 20-21
Location: Basin Harbor
Tuition: $165 ($148 LCMM Members)
Ages: 13-16

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.


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

Basic Bladesmithing

Instructor: Robert Bordeaux
Location:
Basin Harbor
Tuition: $175 ($157 LCMM Members)
Ages: Adult

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 six times this season! 

Select from these 2016 Bladesmithing Dates:

April 30 - May 1, 2016

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May 28-29, 2016

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June 25-26, 2016

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July 30-31, 2016

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August 27-28, 2016

Eventbrite - Bladesmithing Course

September 24-25, 2016

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October 29-30, 2016

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Basic Blacksmithing, Two Day

Instructor: Peter Wells
Location:
Basin Harbor
Tuition: 2 Day $175 ($158 LCMM Members)
Ages: Adult

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.

Saturday, June 11, 2016 - Sunday, June 12, 2016, 9:30-4:30

Eventbrite - Basic Blacksmithing 2 Day

 

 

Basic Blacksmithing, Three Day

Instructor: Peter Wells
Location:
Basin Harbor
Tuition: 3 Day $250 ($225 LCMM Members)
Ages: Adult

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.

July 15-17, 2016, 9:30-4:30

Eventbrite - Basic Blacksmithing 3 Day

 

Blacksmithing Skills

Instructor: Peter Wells
Location:
Basin Harbor
Tuition: $100
Ages: Adult

A one day skill enhancement workshop for students with basic forging experience. The emphasis will be on forge welding and brazing (A.M.) and elementary heat treatment of ferrous metals including annealing, hardening, tempering, and case hardening. 

Saturday, August 6, 2016, 9:30-4:30

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Beginners Blacksmithing

Instructor:Mike Imrie
Location:
Basin Harbor
Tuition: $175 ($158 LCMM Members)
Ages:16+

Open to students with previous forging experience, an opportunity to enhance your skills, explore new techniques, and perhaps create an heirloom.

July 23 & 24, 2016, 9:30-4:30

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Blacksmithing Projects

Instructor: Peter Wells
Location:
Basin Harbor
Tuition: $175 ($158 LCMM Members)
Ages: Adult

Open to students with previous forging experience, an opportunity to enhance your skills, explore new techniques, and perhaps create an heirloom.

Saturday, August 13, 2016 - Sunday, August 14, 2016, 9:30-4:30

Eventbrite - Blacksmithing Projects

 

 

 






Hammer-In May 21, 2016

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 Ramsey Pualwan, tinsmith, as featured demonstrator for the 2016 LCMM Hammer-In!

About Ramsey Pualwan
My passion for tin-smithing began during an apprenticeship at Old Sturbridge Village from 1975 to 1986. I worked as a tinsmith and interpreted 19th Century New England history to over a quarter of a million visitors annually.

An introduction to tinsmithing as an artform will begin the demonstration. Many aspects of tinplate, copper and brass will be discussed from the application of machines and hand-tools to the range of material, to the variety of shapes and objects which can be formed and their uses. I will bring a completed brass candle-holder and component parts of the same to demonstrate assembly technique, to include soldering as well as the forming and shaping of pieces. In addition, I will be demonstrating and discussing a variety of assembly techniques used in the craft. I will bring some additional completed work to show the variety of work that can be made. Soldering is likely the most challenging component to tinsmithing so a generous amount of time will be set aside for demonstration and discussion.



Date: May 21, 2016, 9am - 4pm
Featured Blacksmith: Ramsey Pualwan
Hosts: Warren Rinehart and Peter Wells
Fee: $40 includes lunch
Registration Required: Click here for tickets! Eventbrite - Hammer-In 2016

 


 

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.