2018 Calendar of Events, Programs, and Classes

  • Starting Tuesday, January 21, 2018, 6-9PM, Six Weeks of Beginning Blacksmithing at Fields Pond (Orrington), Tuesday and Thursday Evenings. Learn the foundational skills of coal fired forge blacksmithing. Learn to build a coal fire, heat metal and forge it to your needs. Complete multiple projects including tool making, utilitarian objects and ornamental elements. Introduction to forge welding. A text, Lorelei Simms’ Backyard Blacksmith is provided with your tuition and will serve as an ongoing reference resource. Saturday studio time is part of the class and arrangements for a time can be made each week. More information on our Blacksmithing Program web page. Register Now.

 

  • Sunday, January 28, 2018, 10-3, Ice Harvest on Fields Pond (Orrington/Holden), 372 Fields Pond Rd. Learn about this one-time Maine industry through hands-on participation using a working collection of ice harvesting tools. activity will include cutting into the pond surface using hand tools and cutting a channel to harvest individual ice “cakes”, as they were called by commercial ice harvesters. Ice cakes will be loaded onto an adapted log scoot and transported up from the pond to the Curran barnyard where one cake will be placed in the wooden ice box in the Curran farmhouse kitchen. Depending on the quality of the ice, you might also skate on the pond. There will be someone at this event to talk and exhibit the particulars of ice yachting, a traditional winter sport. there will be a team of draft horses hooked to a traditional logging bobsled fitted with bench seating for rides ($5 each–this assists us in the hiring of the horses and their driver for the day). Visit the sugar shack for hot cocoa and warmth. This year we will have a snowshoe hike into the museum property visiting one of the largest glacial erratics in the area. Blacksmithing will be ongoing in the smithy. Free admission. Donations welcome.

 

  • Saturday and Sunday, February 3 & 4, 9AM-4PM, Blacksmithing: Knife Making at Newfield. Forge a knife blade and tang out of spring steel with instructor Frank Vivier. File and polish the form to perfection using hand and power tools. Heat and oil quench your knife. Temper it. Create brass rivets and hardwood scales for a handle. Fasten this together using fast drying epoxy. Sand and polish to your taste. Tools and materials provided. $225. Call to register (first come, first serve): (207) 205-4849 or (207) 745-4426. Class limited to 5 students.

 

  • Saturday & Sunday, February 3 & 4, 9AM-3PM, Beginner’s Bookbinding Class at Newfield. 12 hours total. At Curran Homestead Village at NEWFIELD, Red Barn Building, 70 Elm Street, Newfield, Maine. $150 Tuition, Material and tools provided. Purchase a bookbinder’s kit for an additional $30 or use our tools. Work with professional book artist, conservator, archivist, and librarian Anastasia Weigle and learn to build two classic bindings. Day One: Learn to build a classic German Case Bradel Binding with signature stitches. This beautiful book is suitable for a slim collection of poems. Day Two: Learn to build a drum-leaf binding, a book specifically designed for artists, printers, and photographers. This book opens up completely flat without a break in the gutter allowing you to display an image across two pages. The initiated will review and refine skills to gain confidence in one of the standard bookbinding constructions. Class limited to 6. Pay to Register. We can send you a Gift Certificate! (207) 205-4849, Email: rpschmick1@aol.com

 

  • Sunday, February 4, 10AM-3PM Ice Harvest on the Mill Pond (Newfield). Learn about this one-time Maine industry through hands-on participation using a working collection of ice harvesting tools. Activity will include cutting into the pond surface using hand tools and cutting a channel to harvest individual ice “cakes”, as they were called by commercial ice harvesters. Ice cakes will be loaded onto an adapted log scoot and transported up from the pond to the Durgin Barn, as we are currently creating an ice storage locker in the cellar.  There will be someone at this event to talk and exhibit the particulars of ice yachting, a traditional winter sport. there will be a team of draft horses hooked to a traditional logging bobsled fitted with bench seating for rides ($5 each–this assists us in the hiring of the horses and their driver for the day). Visit the Red Barn Building for hot cocoa and other goodies for sale. This year we will have a snowshoe hike into the museum property for those interested. A blacksmithing: knife making and bookbinding class will be in progress at the museum. Free admission. Donations welcome.