Workshop: Intro to Blacksmithing
April 1, 2023 • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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This is an introductory class geared toward people who are interested in beginning to learn about the art of blacksmithing. Participants will learn how to build and maintain a fire in the forge, heat metal, and practice hammer control while using the traditional tools and methods of a blacksmith. Each participant will build and take home their choice of a uniquely hand-crafted item.
Class Fee: Members, $110 including lunch and all materials. Non-members, $120 including lunch and all materials. Requires advance registration, limited to 2 participants that must be 14 years and older. Please wear natural-fiber only clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty (wool, cotton, leather, but NO SYNTHETICS) with full-length sleeves and legs. No open-toed shoes. Location: Field Blacksmith Shop, The Farmers’ Museum
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About The Farmers’ Museum
As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, the Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers’ Museum’s outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region.