Kilts Farm

Blacksmithing Workshop with Stephen Mankowski

Blacksmithing workshop with Stephen Mankowski, master blacksmith

November 12th &13th 2022

Day 1

9:30 - coffee , Welcome, Introduction to Kilts Farm , Judy St Leger and Steve Mankowski

10:00 - Ironwork and the importance of the blacksmith as a trade, at the Kilts Farm and the Mohawk Valley in the 18th and 19th centuries.

11:00 break

11:15 - Iron Making Fundamentals. Supplying iron stock to a hungry and rapid growing agricultural community of Stone Arabia.

12:00 - Lunch

1:15 - Some Early Blacksmiths of the Stone Arabia community (Caspar Koch, Joseph England)

Study of the blacksmiths tools and ironwork made with them in the Kilts Farm collection.

3:15 - Break (if needed)

3:30 - resume examination and study of ironwork from Kilts Farm Collection.

4:30 - End of the day

Day 2

9:30 - Coffee and any questions

10:00 - Demonstration on making some simple house hardware (nails, rivets, hinges and latches)

12:00 - Lunch

1:15 - Demonstration on Welding and making a farm implement (haven’t decided on an item yet)

2:00 - Break

2:15 - Some hands on Blacksmithing for participants willing to give it a try.

5:00 - End of the day

Workshop will be limited to 6 participants, bring your own forging hammer if interested in some hands-on activity. Materials for hands-on will be supplied . The cost for this 2 day program/workshop is $275 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Help with finding local accommodations can be arranged.