CBMM Plans June Blacksmithing Workshops


The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has scheduled two blacksmithing workshops this summer in its working Shipyard. The first is set for 10am–2:30pm Saturday, June 15, with the second offering from 10am–2:30pm Sunday, June 16. Advanced registration is required for both.

Guests are invited to join Med Chandler, owner of Ships Coy. Forge, for these hands-on programs focused on forging hot iron by hammer and anvil. Chandler has been forging iron since 2003, when he was working at a 1740s living museum in New Hampshire. He is both a sailor and a shipwright. In 2010,he opened Ships Coy. Forge, specializing in hand-forged tools for boatbuilders, timber framers, and other craftsmen.

Participants in these June workshops will have the opportunity to learn the basics of blacksmithing and bring home their own hand-forged projects. Chandler will guide participants in the techniques of forging small projects such as nails, wall hooks, forks, and bottle openers. Materials and basic tools are included; participants are encouraged to bring a lunch.

The cost for each workshop is $100, with a 20% discount for CBMM members. To sign up or to learn about any of CBMM’s other Apprentice for a Day Shipyard Programs,visit cbmm.org/shipyardprograms.

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