We have a very special guest joining us again throughout the season. It’s Master Blacksmith Sam Smith of The Portland Forge.
Sam’s first introduction to the craft was at Allaire State Park in New Jersey, site of the Pine Creek Railroad and a living history museum called Allaire Village. Soon after, he began his profession at age fourteen when he entered the Howell Works Blacksmith’s Guild as an apprentice. Sam learned under several Masters working his way through the ranks of the guild. At the age of twenty he obtained the rank of master and oversaw the Guild’s 1830’s era blacksmith shop.
In 2003, Sam moved to Maine and constructed his first shop, Valley Forge, along the Penobscot River. Later Sam seized the opportunity to lease the original forge (circa 1846) on the site of the historic Portland Company complex where more than 600 locomotives had been manufactured. As it stands today, he runs the only traditional blacksmith shop working full time in the entire state of Maine, the oldest forge in the State, and the largest brick forge in the Country.
We could not be more excited to welcome Sam to the Museum on the following dates: June 24 – 25, July 9, August 19 – 20, August 28, October 1 – 2 and 8 – 10. Sam will also be teaching an Introduction to Blacksmithing course on June 26.