[Baltimore Sun] Blacksmithing 101 at the Carroll County Farm Museum | PHOTOS

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BS101 – Sponsored by the Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland, Beginner Blacksmithing, is a 2 day weekend course designed to teach the basics of blacksmithing with Instructor, Jim Crusse and Assistant Instructor, Thomas Dresser at the Carroll County Farm Museum on Saturday. From forge and fire control to hammer control participants learn to forge a fish tail scroll, pig tail scroll, tab hook, drive hook, forge poker, watering can handle, and other student selected projects as time permits.

A Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland sign hangs above the door at a beginner blacksmithing class at the Carroll County Farm Museum. (Thomas Walker/Freelance)
A sign points to the way to a beginner blacksmithing class at the Carroll County Farm Museum. (Thomas Walker/Freelance)
Tools hang on the front of a forge at a beginner blacksmithing class at the Carroll County Farm Museum. (Thomas Walker/Freelance)
Natalie Donahue hammers red hot metal at a beginner blacksmithing class at the Carroll County Farm Museum. (Thomas Walker/Freelance)
All eight forges where in use at a beginner blacksmithing class at the Carroll County Farm Museum. (Thomas Walker/Freelance)
Fire dances above the coal in a forge at a beginner blacksmithing class at the Carroll County Farm Museum. (Thomas Walker/Freelance)
Michael Beckman works on a piece of red hot metal at a beginner blacksmithing class at the Carroll County Farm Museum. (Thomas Walker/Freelance)
Instructor Jim Crusse, right, demonstrates how to shape a metal rod as participant Ben Brown watches at a beginner blacksmithing class at the Carroll County Farm Museum. (Thomas Walker/Freelance)
Doug Lent heats up his forge at a beginner blacksmithing class at the Carroll County Farm Museum. (Thomas Walker/Freelance)
The curve of the anvil helps to create a nice curve in the metal at a beginner blacksmithing class at the Carroll County Farm Museum. (Thomas Walker/Freelance)
Red hot metal is struck with a hammer at a beginner blacksmithing class at the Carroll County Farm Museum. (Thomas Walker/Freelance)
Natalie Donahue twists the red hot metal at a beginner blacksmithing class at the Carroll County Farm Museum. (Thomas Walker/Freelance)
Christopher Shelton works his metal at a beginner blacksmithing class at the Carroll County Farm Museum. (Thomas Walker/Freelance)
Red hot metal is hammered at a beginner blacksmithing class at the Carroll County Farm Museum. (Thomas Walker/Freelance)
Michael Heistand heats up his forge at a beginner blacksmithing class at the Carroll County Farm Museum. (Thomas Walker/Freelance)
Natalie Donahue inspects her work at a beginner blacksmithing class at the Carroll County Farm Museum. (Thomas Walker/Freelance)
Assistant instructor Thomas Dresser gives feedback to Natalie Donahue at a beginner blacksmithing class at the Carroll County Farm Museum. (Thomas Walker/Freelance)
Instructor Jim Crusse watches Christopher Shelton hammer at a beginner blacksmithing class at the Carroll County Farm Museum. (Thomas Walker/Freelance)
Roselyn Donahue works metal that has just been pulled out of the forge at a beginner blacksmithing class at the Carroll County Farm Museum. (Thomas Walker/Freelance)

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