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Sanborn Mills Farm

7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
(603)435-7314 sanbornmills.org

April 2021

Blacksmithing Basics

April 30 @ 8:00 am - May 2 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$375.00

Blacksmithing Basics is for students who are new to blacksmithing and those with some experience looking to improve their skillset. All students in the course will work with a traditional coal forge and mild steel. Students will begin with an introduction to body mechanics, metallurgy, and safety. Once in the studio, students will learn to start and manage a coal-fired forge. Attention will be given to how to maximize draft, prepare and manage the coal-fuel, and distinguish the right temperature…

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May 2021

Oxen Basics

May 1 @ 8:00 am - May 2 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$300.00

Are you considering an oxen team for your farm but wondering where to start? Join us for a two-day workshop to learn what you need to know about bringing a pair home, finding the right equipment for them, and learning how to work them. Our experienced instructors will train you in a safe and productive environment. Students will learn the basics of selecting a team or single ox, halter training, basic commands, and proper yoking and fitting. The instructors will…

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Blacksmithing: Carving Knife

May 8 @ 8:00 am - May 9 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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On the first day, students will forge a Scandinavian style carving knife blade. The bevel will be filed carefully by hand. Then, the blade will be hardened and tempered. On the second day, students will finish up their knife blade and make a wooden handle shaped to fit comfortably in their hand. Next, the blade will be honed to a razor edge. After the knife is complete, each student will make a birch bark sheath. Forging technique, steel selection, basic…

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Hunting Knife

May 14 @ 8:00 am - May 16 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$375.00

If you spend a lot of time outdoors, whether you’re a hunter, camper, or hiker, you know that a good knife is indispensable. A hunting knife is just the size to carry with you so you are prepared for any task that comes your way, be it skinning game, cutting rope, or whittling. This is a fast-paced class that covers the fundamentals of making a high-quality, forged knife. Students will practice their hammer control, develop their filing and grinding technique,…

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Rug Hooking

May 15 @ 9:00 am - May 16 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$200

Join us to learn Rug hooking, a traditional New England fiber art that beautifully combines artist expression and function. In this course, students will learn the core skills of rug hooking and make a 16” x 16” piece. Designs will utilize a “hit and miss” approach to color. With the skills learned in this course, students would be able to progress to pieces involving more complex designs and color shading in the future. Use your finished piece as a wall…

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Puukko Knife

May 21 @ 8:00 am - May 23 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$375

The puukko is a small, rugged, utilitarian knife from Scandinavia, used for everything from wood carving to food preparation. Ranging from simple, functional knives to highly-carved heirlooms, puukkos are often prized possessions, and historically were carried nearly all the time. In the first two days of the class, students will learn to forge, grind, heat treat, and handle their own puukko knives. Special emphasis will be placed on proper fire maintenance and hammer control. The third day will be spent…

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Working Oxen on the Farm and Garden: Spring

May 22 @ 8:00 am - May 23 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$275.00

This three-part series is for students who want to learn the process of growing gardens with oxen power. Our instructors will cover garden and field layout, plowing, discing, and harvesting, as well as weed control, companion planting, cover crops, and putting your garden to bed for the winter. The courses will take place in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Each workshop will focus on the priorities of the season. Students can join individual sessions or register for the entire series.…

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Blacksmithing Basics

May 28 @ 8:00 am - May 30 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$375.00

Blacksmithing Basics is for students who are new to blacksmithing and those with some experience looking to improve their skillset. All students in the course will work with a traditional coal forge and mild steel. Students will begin with an introduction to body mechanics, metallurgy, and safety. Once in the studio, students will learn to start and manage a coal-fired forge. Attention will be given to how to maximize draft, prepare and manage the coal-fuel, and distinguish the right temperature…

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June 2021

Ox Yoke Making

June 4 @ 8:00 am - June 6 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$450

Whether you have a pair of oxen or are considering the purchase of a team, you will need a well-fitting and functional yoke. Join instructors Ray Ramsey and Tyler Allen to learn the process of Yoke Making for your oxen. This three-day workshop will begin with a discussion of choosing the right wood for a yoke, including how to saw the cant. Students will then learn to shape a yoke using power tools, which includes the removal of extra material…

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Blacksmithing: Forge Welding Exploring Process and Product

June 5 @ 8:00 am - June 6 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$275.00

In this two-day course, students will learn the process of Forge Welding and apply the technique to create advanced pieces. Students will learn the basics of all forge welds: create and manage a perfect coal fire, properly position one or more bars in it, identify the right heat for a successful weld, administer flux, and join bars by hammering. Students will then learn more advanced welding practices and explore opportunities to apply the welded bars in more demanding pieces. Possibilities…

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Carry-All Basket

June 5 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$100

Create a Carry-All Basket that you can find a use for every day, from shopping trips to toting supplies to fetching garden goods and to all of your needs in between. Using rattan, this useful rectangular basket is woven with a “filled” plaited base. Students will weave and shape the sides of their basket with a start and stop weaving technique. Two wide weavers will be incorporated to accept the Shaker Tape strap that will be used as the carrying…

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Blacksmithing: Hand Ax

June 11 @ 8:00 am - June 13 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$400

In this three-day workshop, students will make a one-pound hand ax that can be used at home, in the woodshed, or on all of your outdoor adventures. The first two days will be spent forging the ax head out of salvaged steel. After completing the basic shape, it will be heat-treated and sharpened. On the third day, students will use hand tools to hang the handle, carving and securing it to the axe head. Students will then be able to…

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Introduction to Natural Dyes

June 12 @ 9:00 am - June 13 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$250

In this course, we’ll explore a variety of bold, natural dyes: some wild, some that you can grow in your garden, and one or two that are a little more exotic. Students will leave with a bundle of colorful skeins, a new skill, and inspiration for a winter’s worth of knitting and a summer’s worth of gardening. Instructor Prin Van Gulden has been growing dye plants, dyeing her yarn and wool for spinning for more than 15 years, and is…

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Chef Knife

June 18 @ 8:00 am - June 20 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$375.00

A good meal brings people together and gives us the nourishment we need to carry out our daily lives. In order to prepare a good meal, you need a good kitchen knife. It is essential to how fast the chopping gets done – and how enjoyable the work is. Having a hand made knife can make all the difference! Over the course of three days, students will craft their very own chef knife while learning principles of knife design. The…

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Blacksmithing: Beyond Basics

June 25 @ 8:00 am - June 27 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$375.00

This workshop is designed for students with some experience in basic blacksmithing techniques and using a coal forge. Students will gain additional mastery of regulating heat using a well-maintained coal fire, improve hammer technique, and further master the basic operations. Drawing out, bending, slitting and drifting, and forge welding will be emphasized. Students will apply these and other operations to make strap hinges, pintles, and a leaf finial, which can be made into a bracket, hook, or other object.Instructor: Garry…

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July 2021

Blacksmithing Basics

July 2 @ 8:00 am - July 4 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$375.00

Blacksmithing Basics is for students who are new to blacksmithing and those with some experience looking to improve their skillset. All students in the course will work with a traditional coal forge and mild steel. Students will begin with an introduction to body mechanics, metallurgy, and safety. Once in the studio, students will learn to start and manage a coal-fired forge. Attention will be given to how to maximize draft, prepare and manage the coal-fuel, and distinguish the right temperature…

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Blacksmithing Basics

July 9 @ 8:00 am - July 11 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$375.00

Blacksmithing Basics is for students who are new to blacksmithing and those with some experience looking to improve their skillset. All students in the course will work with a traditional coal forge and mild steel. Students will begin with an introduction to body mechanics, metallurgy, and safety. Once in the studio, students will learn to start and manage a coal-fired forge. Attention will be given to how to maximize draft, prepare and manage the coal-fuel, and distinguish the right temperature…

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Working Oxen on the Farm and Garden: Summer

July 10 @ 8:00 am - July 11 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$275.00

This three-part series is for students who want to learn the process of growing crops with Oxen Power. Our instructors will cover garden and field layout, plowing, discing, and harvesting, as well as weed control, companion planting, cover crops, and putting your garden to bed for the winter.The courses will take place in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Each workshop will focus on the priorities of the season. Students can join individual sessions or register for the entire series.Instructor: Ray…

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Blacksmithing Basics

July 16 @ 8:00 am - July 18 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$375.00

Blacksmithing Basics is for students who are new to blacksmithing and those with some experience looking to improve their skillset. All students in the course will work with a traditional coal forge and mild steel. Students will begin with an introduction to body mechanics, metallurgy, and safety. Once in the studio, students will learn to start and manage a coal-fired forge. Attention will be given to how to maximize draft, prepare and manage the coal-fuel, and distinguish the right temperature…

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Black Ash Berry Basket

July 17 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$100

Make your own basket and learn one of the oldest crafts in human history. For thousands of years baskets served as indispensable objects in countless cultures. In this course, you can carry on the tradition and take home a beautiful, durable and useful basket crafted from local and responsibly harvested, hand-pounded Black Ash logs. Students will craft a 6″ square to round berry basket with an optional leather strap. This course is special in offering baskets made from local Black…

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Blacksmithing Basics

July 23 @ 8:00 am - July 25 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$375.00

Blacksmithing Basics is for students who are new to blacksmithing and those with some experience looking to improve their skillset. All students in the course will work with a traditional coal forge and mild steel. Students will begin with an introduction to body mechanics, metallurgy, and safety. Once in the studio, students will learn to start and manage a coal-fired forge. Attention will be given to how to maximize draft, prepare and manage the coal-fuel, and distinguish the right temperature…

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Indigo Fresh Leaf Harvest, Pigment Extraction, and Dyeing

July 24 @ 9:00 am - July 25 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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Come experience the magic of natural indigo dye! Extracting blue pigment from the fresh green leaves of the indigo plant is a fascinating chemical process that you can do right here in New England. Students will learn the extraction process step by step. We will begin the day by harvesting fresh indigo leaves from the Sanborn Mills Farm Dye Garden. Watch as the leaves are soaked in warm water, releasing the blue pigment into a solution. Next the solution will…

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Blacksmithing Basics

July 30 @ 8:00 am - August 1 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$375.00

Blacksmithing Basics is for students who are new to blacksmithing and those with some experience looking to improve their skillset. All students in the course will work with a traditional coal forge and mild steel. Students will begin with an introduction to body mechanics, metallurgy, and safety. Once in the studio, students will learn to start and manage a coal-fired forge. Attention will be given to how to maximize draft, prepare and manage the coal-fuel, and distinguish the right temperature…

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August 2021

Adirondack “Sightseer” Pack Basket

August 7 @ 9:00 am - August 8 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$150

Students will create a pack basket patterned from the traditional Adirondack Pack Baskets. Adirondack Pack Baskets are one of the most recognized objects associated with the Adirondack region. Guides, hunters, and trappers, would use these versatile baskets to carry all of their essential materials into woods. The “Sightseer” size pack measures16” high x 8 ½” deep x 11” wide and is a perfect size for teens or adults. On the first day, students will weave a plain-weave base with pre-cut…

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Hand Spinning

August 7 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$100.00

This two-part workshop is open to all levels. Students will learn how to spin wool on a drop spindle, and gain a level of literacy in spinning that will be useful to all spinners. Whether you spin on a wheel or a spindle, use wool or cotton, make yarn for knitting or weaving or anything in between: it all begins with the yarn. Prin is a knitter, weaver, and spinner. She is passionate about these ancient skill’s links with the…

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Blacksmithing Basics

August 20 @ 8:00 am - August 22 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$375.00

Blacksmithing Basics is for students who are new to blacksmithing and those with some experience looking to improve their skillset. All students in the course will work with a traditional coal forge and mild steel. Students will begin with an introduction to body mechanics, metallurgy, and safety. Once in the studio, students will learn to start and manage a coal-fired forge. Attention will be given to how to maximize draft, prepare and manage the coal-fuel, and distinguish the right temperature…

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Dye Harvest Weekend

August 21 @ 9:00 am - August 22 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$250

Join us to learn how to harvest color from the world around you! Students will learn how to create a variety of natural dyes from plants grown right here in New England. On the first day, the class will harvest dye plants from the Sanborn Mills Farm dye garden and prepare them for dyeing. Students will work with a variety of dye plants, including weld, marigold, rudbeckia, coreopsis, calendula, and madder to yield a wide range of beautiful yellows, oranges,…

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Blacksmithing: Traditional Joinery

August 28 @ 8:00 am - August 29 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$275.00

Students will learn the types, methods, and processes of Traditional Joinery, that is, joining bars without machine processes. Joinery methods include riveting, “collars” (wrapped decorative bands), mortise and tenon, tenon and wedge, and forge welding. Students will choose one method to practice and apply the process to a project of their choice. Some possible projects are candle holders, fire tools with decorative handles, a trivet, or tongs.Instructor: Garry Kalajian Length: 2 Days Skill Level: All Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00…

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September 2021

Blacksmithing Basics

September 3 @ 8:00 am - September 5 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$375.00

Blacksmithing Basics is for students who are new to blacksmithing and those with some experience looking to improve their skillset. All students in the course will work with a traditional coal forge and mild steel. Students will begin with an introduction to body mechanics, metallurgy, and safety. Once in the studio, students will learn to start and manage a coal-fired forge. Attention will be given to how to maximize draft, prepare and manage the coal-fuel, and distinguish the right temperature…

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Blacksmithing: Tool Making

September 12 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$125.00

In this one-day workshop, students will create the tools needed for blacksmithing. Aspiring smiths will enjoy tackling this at times intimidating–but critical–part of blacksmithing. Students will begin with an introduction to tool steels and basic metallurgy, including practical applications of hardening, tempering, and other heat-treating processes. Students will be guided in making a punch, chisel, and a fixture for bending a hook, and if time permits, a scroll tool.Instructor: Garry Kalajian Length: 1 Day Skill Level: All, but students should…

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Blacksmithing: Creating in Copper, Brass, and Iron

September 18 @ 8:00 am - September 19 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$275.00

This workshop provides aspiring smiths the chance to experiment with new mediums and forms. Students will learn to cut, shape, then anneal copper and brass sheet-metal to create kitchen utensils or candlesticks. Students will begin by sinking and raising copper and brass to form spoons, ladles, or drip pans. Then, students will forge the iron components to structurally complete each piece. These pieces include candle holder arms, bases, candle cups, or handles for serving utensils. Students may round out the…

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Working Oxen on the Farm and Garden: Fall

September 18 @ 8:00 am - September 19 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$275.00

This three-part series is for students who want to learn the process of growing crops with Oxen Power. Our instructors will cover garden and field layout, plowing, discing, and harvesting, as well as weed control, companion planting, cover crops, and putting your garden to bed for the winter. The courses will take place in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Each workshop will focus on the priorities of the season. Students can join individual sessions or register for the entire series.Instructor:…

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Blacksmithing: Door Hardware

September 24 @ 8:00 am - September 26 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$375.00

Students will utilize blacksmithing techniques to create a variety of useful and decorative door hardware pieces. Students will create pieces based on their interest, personal style, and skill level. If students would like to discuss projects prior to the workshop, please email Molly Bolick at molly@sanbornmills.org to connect with instructor Garry Kalajian. Examples of possible projects include a door knocker, door pull, thumb latch, strap hinges, or hasp. Instructor: Garry Kalajian Length: 3 Days Skill Levels: For students who have attended…

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October 2021

Logging with Oxen

October 16 @ 8:00 am - October 17 @ 4:00 pm
Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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$300.00

In this workshop, students will learn to yoke and work with the farm’s cattle. Instructors Ray Ramsey and Tyler Allen will demonstrate each piece of equipment focusing on driver and animal safety and efficiency. Much of the training will be based upon the day-to-day work at Sanborn Mills Farm, in which oxen singles and teams haul fire wood and saw logs from deep in the woods along trails to the main road. The function of the logging forecart, scoot, and…

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