Located just beyond our 19th century replica blacksmith shop is the very active GTHS School of Blacksmithing. Our resident blacksmith Jamie Gier has put our school on the map, organizing classes in blacksmithing skills and projects, knife making, metal arts, and more, led by talented instructors and artisans.
Known for more than 100 years as the Cook Farm, the Log Cabin Heritage Center features a restored 1803 log cabin, a century old bank barn, a replica 19th century blacksmith shop and livery, and several other outbuildings. Near the back of the property, in a transformed 1950's barn, is the GTHS School of Blacksmithing. The former Cook Farm now serves as a living history site, depicting farm life from pioneer times through the Great Depression era. This rural setting, dotted with structures from times gone by, adds to the experience of those who come to learn blacksmithing and other metal arts.
In 2020, the GTHS School of Blacksmithing underwent some major improvements. We are now able to accommodate up to 20 students at a time, depending on the course. Better use of space, improved ventilation, and reduced noise levels provide a more pleasant and healthy work environment conducive to learning.
We now have 10 forging stations that can be utilized as striking anvils and traditional forging anvils. Each station can be outfitted with appropriate tooling to follow a “Tools to Make Tools” curriculum, as well as traditional blacksmithing techniques like joinery, decorative scroll work, and bladesmithing. There are two 4’x4’ forge tables with four fire pots, and one chimney per table to provide proper ventilation. One forge table with two fire pots can be used by the instructor with a second table for one-on-one training. Additionally, the forge air is supplied by centralized blowers, housed away from the forges to reduce the noise. The creation of these stations, and tools, was documented utilizing both audio and video production. This is a crucial piece of the educational aspect of this facility, embracing on open source philosophy for education.
A wide variety of courses are offered throughout the year for beginners, as well as smiths of all experience levels. We also offer open shop days so smiths can bring in their own projects and receive guidance from our instructors. The public is invited to observe all events safely from outside the shop doors.
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