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Courses & Workshops Instructor Bios

Brian Anderson resides in Bristol, Vermont and has over 40 years of blacksmithing experience. He has participated in numerous local and national shows.

Lucian Avery Lucian started blacksmithing to make tools for gardening and woodworking but was soon captivated by the blacksmithing itself. He started forging full time in 1993, focusing on custom designed, commissioned pieces. Over the years he has grown to enjoy making door hardware more and more, and that is his primary focus now. You can find Lucian on the web at

James Blair was a staff photographer for the National Geographic magazine for 37 years. During this period he has had over 47 stories published and 2000 pictures printed in the magazine. He has also done freelance work for Time and Life magazine. He has had a one-man show at the Carnegie Museum and co-authored the book Listen With The Eye with the poet Samuel Hazo. Jim lives in the Washington D.C. metro area.

Robert Bordeaux
Robert began bladesmithing about 15 years ago and is largely self-taught. His knifemaking began as a hobby and has grown somewhat from there. Many of the tools Robert uses in his shop he built for the purpose of his knife making. To see his work please visit

Joanne Dennis is a Research Associate with LCMM’s Maritime Research Institute, and has been in the archaeology field since 1998 working in Vermont, Colorado, the Caribbean and South America.

Bob Dollar is a retired naval officer, a member of the International Guild Of Knot Tyers, and a member of the Cordage Institute. He has an extensive knowledge of knots, rope and Traditional Rigging, and has provided knotwork and expertise to various tall ships, the movie industry and continues to work with the US Navy and Coast Guard.

Andrea Kane Says Andrea, "I’ve been hooked on experiential education since first working with at-risk youth in 1995, hooked on outdoor education since first teaching the J-stroke in 1997, and hooked on wilderness medicine since first watching a coworker impale his head on a tree in the Adirondacks in 1998. Along with over a decade of 'working' outdoors for various organizations, I have taught for SOLO since 1999 (my favorite era of which was spent living on the incomparable SOLO campus). I now spend lots of time outdoors with my husband and two young children, looking forward to hiking the Long Trail end-to-end as a family in the next few years. Other time I spend teaching street EMTs for the University of Vermont and volunteering as an EMT-Intermediate with the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad. I’m particularly interested in endurance sports and technical rescue, and my favorite part of teaching for SOLO is hearing about all the fabulous outdoor jobs SOLO students have managed to score." She holds certifications as a SOLO WEMT, Vermont EMT-I, AHA BLS Instructor, PHTLS, PEPP, and Ice Rescue Technician.

Geoff Kerr of 2 Daughters Boatworks in Westford, VT is a full time professional boat builder who has worked with the Alexandria Seaport Foundation building boats up to 42’ long. Geoff has been instructing classes building stitch and glue kayaks for years here at LCMM and at the WoodenBoat School in Maine. He has been affiliated with Chesapeake Light Craft since its origins.


Thomas A. Mowatt is an environmental educator, Adirondack outdoor guide, freelance artist and traditional craftsman who lives and works in a 1910 Adirondack-style log cabin overlooking southern Lake Champlain. Mowatt teaches undergraduate science studies, including Biology and Forensic Science; he has been participating for more than twenty-five years in all aspects of environmental/experiential programs and youth programming grant writing. His award-winning artwork, rooted in his training in woodland Native American culture and craft, has been shown in private and museum collections. Thomas seeks to positively impact lifestyle and environmental ethic, allowing the infusion of the Natural Laws of Interdependence to enter into contemporary living.

Peter Wells began blacksmithing in 1968 in New Mexico and has taught the basics of the craft to numerous students for decades. He operates Green Mountain Forge at his home in East Calais, VT. From 1991 to 1998 he was the Working Exhibits Manager at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne.

Robert Wetzel lives in Jericho, Vermont. He began his long metalworking career as a tool and die maker. Bob learned blacksmithing in 1993 and is a regular demonstrator/interpreter/instructor in the Blacksmith Shop at Shelburne Museum.

Matt Witten is LCMM's Water Ecology Program Director, has worked with students on various vessels on the Atlantic Ocean, Hudson River, Lake Champlain, and many other rivers and lakes since 1986. Matt is also an accomplished musician and LCMM’s Champlain Troubador.