LEARN TO BLACKSMITH PROGRAMS AT GRAFTON FORGE IN HISTORIC GRAFTON, VERMONT

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A blacksmith at Old Bethpage, LI demonstrates the craft; Grafton Forge is offering classes this fall © 2010 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Grafton Forge, a regional center for the preservation, promotion and education of the art of blacksmithing is offering two learn to blacksmith programs this fall. One class will be a week-long class in September and the other will be a three consecutive weekend program in November. For those wishing to stay on the premises, a special lodging price is offered at The Old Tavern at Grafton, an historic country inn located steps from Grafton Forge.

Owned by the Windham Foundation and operated by noted blacksmith and educator Adam Howard, Grafton Forge’s mission is to further of the art of blacksmithing and the share its vital role past and present in the daily life, economy and community of Grafton and rural Vermont.

“This season’s class offerings are for the beginner or for those with limited experience,” explained Adam Howard, director of Grafton Forge. “Each student will execute a project of their own design. Classes are small and very hands on.”

The shop is host to visitors from far and near including numerous school groups and others interested in learning about this ancient art and its contemporary applications.

The Old Tavern at Grafton is an historic country inn with 45 rooms including seen suites and four guest houses. The inn is located in the heart of Grafton, Vermont, which has been named one of the 10 most beautiful places in America by USA Magazine.

A week-long Forge Class is being offered September 19-24, 2010, at $600 which Includes lodging at The Old Tavern at Grafton, daily breakfast and daily classes at Grafton Forge (for class only, the program is $300).

Or, you can opt for a Three-consecutive Weekend Forge Class (perfect for locals or weekend warriors) is available weekends: Nov. 6 & 7, 13 & 14 and 19 & 20, 2010, and costs $300 for six days of classes (consecutive weekends). (If you desire lodging, it is $165 per night with a full country breakfast.)

To book, contact: Adam Howard, Grafton Forge, 802-843-1029, graftonforge@windham-foundation.org.

Headquartered in Grafton, Vermont, the Windham Foundation is an operating foundation engaged in philanthropic, charitable and educational activities. Since its inception in 1963, its mission is to promote the vitality of Grafton and Vermont’s rural communities through its philanthropic and educational programs and its subsidiaries whose operations contribute to these endeavors. The Foundation is the owner of Grafton Village Cheese Co., The Old Tavern at Grafton, the Retreat Farm and Grafton Village Nursery.

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2 Responses to “LEARN TO BLACKSMITH PROGRAMS AT GRAFTON FORGE IN HISTORIC GRAFTON, VERMONT”

  1. Jorge Says:

    Hi, will there be another course this year? i live in Baja California Mexico. and im very intrested in learning the art of blacksmithing. Or do you know anyother place where i can learn? thank you

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