Blacksmith Days set to begin Saturday

May 09, 2004

The Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland will hold its Blacksmith Days from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 16 at Carroll County Farm Museum.

The Blacksmith Guild is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to preserving and promoting the art and craft of hand-forging iron.

Highlights both days will be demonstrations of traditional joinery by Clay Spencer and bladesmithing by Rob Hudson.

Local guild members will give demonstrations of power hammer, brass casting and blade- smithing.

Activities Saturday include a display, the judging of forged items and an auction of items forged by blacksmiths.

Sunday will feature a silent auction of blacksmith equipment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the fourth Anvil in Wheelbarrow Relay Race at noon.

Tailgating will begin at 8 a.m. both days, with sales of tools, books and blacksmiths' equipment.

The farmhouse will be open for guided tours, and the Living History Center, exhibit buildings and the gift shop will also be open. Artisans will demonstrate traditional skills.

Admission from 8 a.m. until closing both days (all day, including lunch) is $25 at the gate or $20 in advance by calling 410-922-1246; ages 12 and younger are admitted free.

Farm Museum general admission from noon to 5 p.m. is $3 for adults, $2 for ages 7 to 18 and adults ages 60 and older, and free for ages 6 and younger with a paying adult.

The farm museum is at 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

Information: 410-848-7775.

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