At one time the town blacksmith created almost everything anyone needed made from iron – nails, knives, kitchen utensils, horseshoes, hinges and latches for doors and windows, etc.. Blacksmiths were the all-around inventors and repairmen of their day. Sanborn Mills Farm is dedicated to preserving the skills and knowledge of traditional coal forge blacksmithing and offers workshops from April to November each year.
Our well-equipped Blacksmith Studio is in a timber framed structure located in a quiet corner of the farm. It has four student forges and a teaching forge. Each forge is equipped with an anvil, a vice, hammers and tongs, and a quench barrel. Students are welcome to use the wide range of tools in the studio and bring personal tools to work with as well.
Individuals must be a minimum of 18 years old to participate in blacksmith workshops and open forge sessions. Safety glasses are required at all times while working in the blacksmith studio and ear protection is recommended; both are provided. Covered shoes or boots are also required and we recommend wearing comfortable clothes and an apron.
All blacksmithing workshops convene at the Red House for an introduction and then move to the blacksmith studio. The cost of materials is included in the workshop fee.
Workshop participants will be offered coffee & light pastries in the mornings and a full lunch featuring farm raised meats & produce is provided at the Red House each day.
Open Forge sessions convene at the Blacksmith Studio and participants are asked to bring lunch.
Workshops are listed in the Calendar section of this website .
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For more information on blacksmithing in New England, visit these links:
- New England Blacksmiths – http://www.newenglandblacksmiths.org/
- New England School of Metalwork – advanced workshops in blacksmithing, bladesmithing & welding – http://www.newenglandschoolofmetalwork.com
- New Hampshire Folklife website’s essay on blacksmithing – http://www.nh.gov/folklife/learning-center/traditions/blacksmithing.htm
- An interactive puzzle with loads of vocabulary on blacksmithing tools – http://www.nh.gov/folklife/learning-center/activities/blacksmithing-activity.htm