Young Adult Blacksmithing Workshop-Cancelled

This introduction to the art of blacksmithing is specifically designed for Ages 14-18.  This is a 4-hour class that will focus on basic blacksmithing techniques for the beginner, as well as how to build and maintain the fire, tools of the trade and shop safety. Participants will complete an “S” hook, which is an excellent first project.  The student will learn drawing out from square to round, bending and twisting.  This class will be taught by Mark Gagnon and will be limited to 3 students.  Cost is $100 for not yet members/$90 for members. Pre-payment is due at time of registration. Click here to download the registration form for this workshop.


Open Forge

South County Museum opens its Blacksmith Shop on the 4th Saturday every month, throughout the year. Blacksmiths are welcome to come, work and visit together from 9am-2pm. There is no charge for Open Forge, though donations are appreciated to defray material costs and to support the museum’s programming. If you are just interested in the contemporary craft of blacksmithing feel free to stop by, visit, and learn. Open Forge may be cancelled due to inclement or severely cold weather. Check Facebook if you are unsure. SCM offers private lessons year round as well as youth and adult blacksmithing workshops. Call or email us to learn more.


Adult Beginner Blacksmithing: S-Hook

Here is your chance to discover the ancient art of iron work.  This class will focus on basic introductory blacksmithing techniques for the beginner as well as tools of the trade and shop safety.  The ‘S’-hook is an excellent first project that introduces basic techniques that can be adapted to future projects.  The student will learn drawing out square to round, bending, and twisting. This class is for adults 18 years and older who have no prior blacksmithing experience.  The class will last 3 hours and all materials are included.  Mark Gagnon will be the instructor for this class, and it is limited to 3 participants.  Cost is $75 for not yet members/$67.50 for members.  Payment is due at time of registration. Click here for a registration form.


Open Forge

South County Museum opens its Blacksmith Shop on the 4th Saturday every month, throughout the year. Blacksmiths are welcome to come, work and visit together from 9am-2pm. There is no charge for Open Forge, though donations are appreciated to defray material costs and to support the museum’s programming. If you are just interested in the contemporary craft of blacksmithing feel free to stop by, visit, and learn. Open Forge may be cancelled due to inclement or severely cold weather. Check Facebook if you are unsure. SCM offers private lessons year round as well as youth and adult blacksmithing workshops. Call or email us to learn more.


Blacksmith Demo: Scrolling

Welcome to the 3rd of 4 blacksmith demonstrations on specific topics. Members and blacksmiths Mark Gagnon and Erran Sousa will demonstrate scrolling techniques such as the penny scroll and fishtail scroll. The demo will start at 10:30am and last about 30-45 minutes. Daily admission or SCM membership required to attend the demo. For more information contact SCM at 401-783-5400 or info@southcountymuseum.org.


Blacksmith Demo: Punching and Drifting

Welcome to the 2nd of 4 blacksmith demonstrations on specific topics. Members and blacksmiths Mark Gagnon and Erran Sousa will demonstrate the processes of punching and drifting, which are used to create holes in metal for things such as hammer heads.  Each demo will last approximately 30 minutes and will be offered at 10:30am and 12:30pm. Daily admission or SCM membership required to attend the demo. For more information contact SCM at 401-783-5400 or info@southcountymuseum.org.


Blacksmith Demo: Punching and Drifting

Welcome to the 2nd of 4 blacksmith demonstrations on specific topics. Members and blacksmiths Mark Gagnon and Erran Sousa will demonstrate the processes of punching and drifting, which are used to create holes in metal for things such as hammer heads.  Each demo will last approximately 30 minutes and will be offered at 10:30am and 12:30pm. Daily admission or SCM membership required to attend the demo. For more information contact SCM at 401-783-5400 or info@southcountymuseum.org.