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Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum Offering Blacksmithing Lessons
Updated August 7, 2014 12:01 PM
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(SOLSBERRY) - Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum, in Solsberry, will kick off their weekend workshops with blacksmithing lessons.

The blacksmithing workshop will teach participants to forge their own set of tongs and create a sculpture or functional object.

Earlier this summer, Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum Co-Founder Gerry Masse, Jr. explained that the Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum Weekend Workshops Program, which will kick off Aug. 16, will educate participants about many forms of art including photography, painting, welding, and weaving. Cast aluminum sculpture, hand-built ceramics, metal sculpture basics, and drawing workshops are also scheduled.

The first weekend workshop will be a two-day event on Aug. 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

People of all ages and experience levels are welcome at any of the weekend workshops, but each event is limited to a small number of participants. All bookings are first-come, first served. You may register at the Sculpture Trails website.

Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum is located deep in the woods amongst the rolling hills of Solsberry. The Museum's Mission is to bring Outdoor Sculpture and Art Education to the community through various hands-on sculpture workshops, services and programs.

Founded in 2002, Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum has grown to proudly display over 60 large-scale sculptures by artists from around the world. The museum continually reviews work and offers many sculpture workshops and career development opportunities for artists.

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Blacksmithing Workshop August 16th-17th 10am - 6pm
During this two-day workshop participants will learn the basics of blacksmithing; tapering, scrolling, twisting, and upsetting. On day one students will learn how to forge their own set of tongs and practice various techniques. On day two students will apply the skills they learn to create their own sculptural or functional objects. Raw materials will be provided, but students should have sturdy, preferably leather shoes/boots, leather gloves, safety glasses, and a 2-3 pound sledge or cross peen hammer.
Workshop price: $150.00 5 openings

Outdoor Weaving Workshop August 23rd -24th 10am - 6pm
Students will engage in simple outdoor weaving in the natural beauty of the woods. We will construct and warp tree looms, and weave using traditional fibers as well as natural materials found on location. Students can complete individual or team/ group operations as they choose. Students will learn basic weaving, tying, and some basic tapestry. Students will provide their own selected yarn, rags, or other fiber materials to supplement and create a unique original fiber piece.
Workshop price: $75.00 15 opening

Cast Aluminum Sculpture Workshop August 30th-31st 10am - 6pm
Students will learn the basics of displacement casting. Day one students will learn how to stack laminate foam and carve a pattern from it, and how to create a resin bonded sand mold. At the end of the first day the instructors will cast the patterns in aluminum. On day two students will break out their casting and learn techniques of chasing, finishing, and patina.
Workshop price: $125.00 10 openings

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