A time-honoured skill will be introduced in a sold-out class at the museum in Pitt Meadows on Saturday.
Jeff Chenatte, an arts and heritage educator for the Langley Centennial Museum, is holding an interpretive blacksmith training workshop at the Pitt Meadows Museum & Archives.
The Maple Ridge resident, who has 20 years experience as a blacksmith and who opened Forged Art Works in 1996, said that any time he teaches this class "people end up walking away astounded with what they've made."
The workshop is intended for people interested in learning how to smith in a museum or in an artistic setting. People who attend are expected to give back in volunteer hours at the Hoffmann site at the museum.
"Basically, it's an introduction to blacksmithing. It is always fun," Chenatte said, adding that he will introduce a number of techniques and his students will make hooks, and maybe even a fireplace poker, time permitting.
People who try blacksmithing usually have a passion for it, explained Chenatte.
"It was very odd the first time I tried, it felt as though I had done it before, and instantly I was hooked. From the start I had an appreciable aptitude for this ancient craft. I was enthralled with the almost mystic process of shaping metal using fire," he said.
"The last time we did this workshop - two years ago - we secured one long-term volunteer, Renee, from it," said Leslie Norman, curator for the Pitt Meadows Museum & Archives.
The Hoffmann site of the museum will be open to the public during the workshop and people are free to wander, visit, and observe. The workshop is on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If any visitors are interested in a similar experience, a future workshop can be arranged as the Feb. 2 workshop is full.
The museum is at 12294 Harris Rd. For more information, visit www.pittmeadowsmuseum.com.
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