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Blacksmithing Opportunities

Metalworking Courses & Workshops

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Casting 101

Knives made at a recent bladesmithing course

Location: Basin Harbor
Time: 9:30am-4pm
Tuition: $150 ($130 LCMM Members)

Casting 101: a hands-on introduction to the sand casting process. Participants will experience sand casting bronze objects by doing it themselves: ramming up the mold, attaching gates and vents, lighting the furnace, and pouring the molten metal. By the end of the day they will have enough experience to be able to purchase equipment and supplies to begin working on their own.

(Ages 14+)

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

Casting 101 with Richard Butz, January 20, 2018
Casting 101 with Richard Butz, April 21, 2018

 

Casting 102


Location: Basin Harbor
Time: 9:30am-4pm
Tuition: $150 ($130 LCMM Members)

Casting 102: Having taken Casting 101, or having prior experience, participants will be able to use the foundry, under guidance, to cast objects using patterns of their own. Size and design restrictions will apply based on process limitations and our capacity. Depending on the size of the object a materials fee may be assessed.

(Ages 14+)

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

Casting 102 with Richard Butz, February 17, 2018
Casting 102 with Richard Butz, May 19. 2018

 

Lost Wax Casting

Location: Basin Harbor
Time: 9:30am-4pm
Tuition: $280 ($250 LCMM Members)

Lost Wax Casting: This process involves making a wax model, “investing” it in plaster, burning out the plaster (hence the term “lost wax”), and pouring the molten metal into the void. During this two day process, participants will learn through hands-on practice, creating the wax model and investing on day one, and pouring on day two. The advantage of this process is the ability to cast complex objects, with greater detail than is possible using the sand cast process.

(Ages 14+)

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

Lost Wax Casting with Richard Butz, March 17, 9:00am-3:00pm & March 18, 12:00pm-4:00pm


Beginners Blacksmithing

Knives made at a recent bladesmithing course


Location:
Basin Harbor
Time: Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am-4pm
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.

Saturday and Sunday, 9:30-4 each day.

Beginners Blacksmithing (2-Day) with Mike Imrie, December 16 & 17, 2017 Eventbrite - Beginners Blacksmithing (2-Day) with Mike Imrie, December 16 & 17, 2017


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

Basic Bladesmithing


Location:
Basin Harbor
Time: Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am-4:30pm
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. 

Bladesmithing with Tom Larsen, January 27 & 28, 2018
Bladesmithing with Tom Larsen, February 24 & 25, 2018
Bladesmithing with Tom Larsen, March 24 & 25, 2018
Bladesmithing with Tom Larsen, March 31 & April 1, 2018
Bladesmithing with Tom Larsen, April 21 & 22, 2018
Bladesmithing with Tom Larsen, April 28 & 29, 2018

 


 

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.