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Friday, May 25, 2012

Blacksmithing Demos at the Boatyard

This past week, the boatyard at CBMM has revived a program called "Visiting Masters."  The goal is to try to expose the apprentices to as many experiences as we can during their time at the Museum and it is always good to bring in an outside expert to teach something new. 

Michael Cardiff shares his trade as the shipwrights, journeyman and apprentices learn how to make tools necessary in the restoration of the skipjack Rosie Parks at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD. Cardiff is a native of Easton, MD and has worked in the production blacksmith shop at Historic Williamsburg, and now runs two blacksmith shops of his own. He recently published a how-to book on blacksmithing illustrated by his twin brother Patrick. 

Shipwrights and apprentices gather in the boatyard for a blacksmithing demonstration.

A caulking iron gets fired up.

1 comment:

  1. Totally awesome. I'll take a corkin iron or two and a 2" slick please!