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Blacksmith Collective

In 2017 Storrowton Village Museum launched its first Blacksmith Collective, an event centered around the artistry and skill in this historic trade that still exists in the 21st century. Volunteer blacksmiths are stationed outside the Greenwich Barn and in the Clark Blacksmith Shop for on-going demonstrations from medieval time to the 21st century

Blacksmith Apprentice Experience 10am, 11:15am, 1pm, 2:15pm

Add a Blacksmith Apprentice Experience on to your day. Try your hand at a variety of duties of blacksmith apprentices would have performed from maintaining the fire to swinging a hammer and all the work in between during this 1-hour experience in the Clark Blacksmith Shop. Receive a one-of-a-kind, hand forged hook, a traditional blacksmith cap, and make your own horse shoe nail ring. Be sure you pay attention and respect the knowledge of the master blacksmith or you may find yourself hauling water, emptying coal buckets, or tiring your arms keeping the bellows pumping! Must be 12+ (parent/guardian present if under 18.) All participants must sign safety waiver before participation, close toed shoes and long pants must be worn, long sleeve cotton shirt recommended, no synthetic materials. Safety glasses will be provided for use during the experience.

  • $25 per person, space is limited to 5 participants per session
  • A general admission ticket must be purchased to Summer Solstice Celebration in order to participate in the Blacksmith Apprentice Experience. Select your General Admission ticket(s), at Checkout scroll down to view all available Blacksmith Apprentice Experience time slots.

Featured Demonstrations
John Richard, Master Blacksmith since 2017, volunteer since 2014
Rick Clark, volunteer since 2014
Rick Clark, Jr, volunteer since 2019
Charlotte Fields, volunteer since 2017
Cameron Hardy, volunteer since 2018
Matt Slowik, volunteer since 2017

With support from additional Blacksmith volunteers Joe Barker (2019), Mark Brennan (2018), Jeff Czech (2009), and Rick Martin (2004).


Blacksmith Collective is featured in conjunction with SVM's Summer Solstice Celebration Saturday, June 19, from 10-4pm. Advance tickets for all Summer Solstice Celebration events, including Blacksmith Collective are $12 for ages 6+, $15 on the day of the event, under 6 free.

Blacksmiths will have items for sale for hand forged items made by our volunteer blacksmiths. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Storrowton Museum’s education programs. The Shops at Storrowton, Storrowton Tavern, and the Samuael Adams Beer Bistro will be open.

Hand-forged Silent Auction

Storrowton Village Museum (SVM) is grateful for the dedication of a small group of volunteer blacksmiths who not only are the public faces of blacksmithing in the Clark Blacksmith Shop, but also spend upwards of 100 hours or more annually behind the scenes creating hand-forged items for sale and auction to benefit our year-round educational programs at the Village.

During Summer Solstice Celebration the items below will be available for auction. Silent auction bids will be accepted in-person starting June 19, 2021 at 10am, located adjacent to the event registration area outside the Museum Gift Shop (inside Gift Shop in the event of inclement weather) and the auction will close at 3pm on the same day. Auction winners do not need to be present at the conclusion of the auction, but must pick up items in person, no shipping is available. Auction winners must pick up items and submit payment by Tuesday, June 22, 2021. The auction results will be shared on Facebook Live. If payment is not made by June 22 at 4pm, the next highest bidder will be contacted.

More items to be added as event approaches. Click photos for descriptions and value.
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