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Blacksmithing Opportunities

Metalworking Courses & Workshops 2015

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Youth Blacksmithing
Heavy Metal Mania

Heavy Metal Mania - ages 10-12

Date: August 10-14, 2015
Time & Location: 9:30-4:00, Basin Harbor. Shuttle service available from Burlington & Shelburne.
Tuition: $325 ($305 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 11-12 or August 22-23, 2015
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
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 2015 Dates:

May 30-31, 2015


June 27-28, 2015


July 25-26, 2015


August 29-30, 2015 Eventbrite - Basic Bladesmithing
September 26-27, 2015 Eventbrite - Basic Bladesmithing
October 31-November 1, 2015 Eventbrite - Basic Bladesmithing



Basic Blacksmithing

Instructor: Peter Wells
Basin Harbor
Tuition: 2 Day $175 ($158 LCMM Members); 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. 2 or 3 day classes.

June 6-7, 2015 (Two Day)


June 19-21, 2015 (Three Day)

Eventbrite - Basic Blacksmithing (Three Day)



Blacksmithing Projects

Instructor: Peter Wells
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.

September 5-6, 2015 (Two Day)





Forging Hardware

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

This two-day workshop is for students with previous blacksmithing experience. The emphasis will be on the creation of simple hardware such as hinges, hasps, latches, corner irons and other items suitable for your handmade trunks, doors, cabinets, etc. With a little persistence you will complete the workshop with a selection of your own heirloom hardware. 

August 8-9, 2015 (Two Day)




Forge Welding

Instructor: Peter Wells
Basin Harbor
Tuition: $95 ($86 LCMM Members)
Ages: Adult

For students with previous blacksmithing experience. This workshop focuses on the ancient art of welding iron in a blacksmiths forge. A variety of techniques will be covered, including the welding of mild steel to high carbon, an essential skill for those with aspirations of working  with pattern welded metals.

July 18, 2015 (One Day)


August 15, 2015 (One Day)

Eventbrite - Forge Welding (One Day)



Axe, by Lucian Avery
Trowel, , by Lucian Avery
Spatula, by Lucian Avery
Lucian Avery
Come to the Hammer-In to see
tools for the homestead, with Lucian Avery.

Annual Hammer-In - May 16, 2015

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 Lucian Avery as featured demonstrator for the 2015 LCMM Hammer-In!

Lucian Avery started blacksmithing in 1992, captivated by the idea making his own tools for gardening, woodworking and, once he got started, for blacksmithing. He soon developed a broader interest in smithing and started taking on commissions.

Since then, he has forged a wide array of custom pieces, working with designers, builders and homeowners from across the country. His work has ranges from thumb latches for historic buildings to stair railings, fire tools, and garden gates. Lately Lucian has been making tools again and that will be the subject of most of his demonstration - tools for use around the homestead. Come see him in person at the Rinehart Blacksmith Arts Center at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum on May 16, 2015.

Date: May 16, 2015, 9am - 4pm
Featured Blacksmith: Lucian Avery,
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 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. 

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.