Foundry & Forge
A foundry uses a furnace to melt metal that is then poured into forms, creating objects of both art and utility. BARN’s melt furnace and casting events are held off site, while the pattern-making and finishing classes are conducted at BARN’s main facility. With the guidance of experienced instructors, participants learn the basic skills of sand casting – pattern making, molding, pouring, and finishing. Breaking a fresh casting out of a cooling form is a true joy to experience.
Blacksmithing or forging is the process of heating metal in a forge, then forming that hot metal with anvil, hammer and tongs. This artisanal craft has evolved from an essential skill of the Iron Age through Colonial times to modern-day art. BARN is working to further develop its Forge program from basic to advanced skills in blacksmithing. It’s a great way to experience a small part of our ancestors’ lives.