Curran Homestead opens blacksmithing school

6:52 PM, Jan 26, 2010   |    comments
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ORRINGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- During America's Industrial Revolution, local village blacksmith shops disappeared as large factories sprung up that could cheaply mass produce steel tools and equipment.  At the Curran Homestead in Orrington, there is now a movement to re-introduce people to this ancient craft.

In January, the Curran Homestead started a blacksmithing school in a wooden shed out back.  The shed is filled with forges, anvils, hammers, and a variety of vices, tongs, and hand tools.

Adriaan Gerber is a bladesmith who specializes in making steel blades, knives, and cutting tools.  He is also one of the instructors at the school. 

"You can actually see every hammer blow that I made," Gerber explained as he showed us a finished blade.

Bob Schmick, the Curran Homestead Museum Director, got this school started. He said once the building went up, interest grew quickly.

"People started bringing stuff and people started contacting us and saying can we use this or that for our blacksmithing shop and of course we are a non-profit organization and we take donations and thats how we built a collection," Schmick said.

The blacksmithing classes are held Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evenings.  There are only 8 work stations, so space is limited.  For more information on tuittion and schedules click here.


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