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Blacksmithing Opportunities

Metalworking Courses & Workshops

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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 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


Introduction to Blacksmithing with Mike Imrie (1-Day)

Location: Basin Harbor
Tuition: $115 ($100 LCMM Members) Plus $10 materials fee
Ages: 14+

If the idea of forging hot metal using only a fire and a hammer intrigues you, then this is the course for you!

Come have a day of fun discovering what blacksmithing is all about. We’ll learn some of the basic tools and their uses, and how to start and maintain a coal fire. We’ll also learn a few essentially techniques, and perhaps create an heirloom in the process.

This day long class is open to students with no prior forging experience.

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

Saturday, July 15, 2017 Eventbrite - Introduction to Blacksmithing (1-Day) with Mike Imrie, July 15, 2017
Sunday, July 16, 2017 Eventbrite - Introduction to Blacksmithing (1-Day) with Mike Imrie, July 16, 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, August 5 & 6, 2017 Eventbrite - Teen Basic Blacksmithing with Robert Wetzel, August 5 & 6, 2017

 

 


 

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.