The Folk School Board of Directors is proud to announce the completion of the Clay Spencer Blacksmith Shop. The new shop held its first class in the summer of 2010. The shop will allow the School to accommodate the ever-growing blacksmithing program, ensure student safety and continue the legacy of blacksmithing in America.
The Clay Spencer Blacksmith Shop is located directly behind the historic Francis Whitaker Blacksmith Shop and is connected via a short vestibule. Two historic grain silos frame the beautiful timber entrance and the clerestory roof line allows natural light to pass through into the spaces below. The fully handicap accessible building includes safe, spacious work areas that can accommodate large-scale pieces. It also provides a "clean" area with air conditioned classrooms, a library, a center for technical, safety and design information and many more reference resources.
We ask all blacksmithing groups and individuals to consider making a donation to help us reach our final fundraising goal of $650,000. There are many ways for you to assist with this project, such as various naming opportunities of equipment, forges, or parts of the building, and even the option of buying a beam that can be labeled with an individual's name or a smith's touch mark.
Buy-a-Beam for the Clay Spencer Blacksmith Shop!
In June 2009, members of the Timber Framers Guild, community members, students and volunteers began cutting and shaping the timbers needed to construct the building's frame. After countless hours of preparation, these workers joined hundreds of hand-shaped beams and pegs to form the massive shell of the Clay Spencer Blacksmith Shop.
To commemorate the raising, the Folk School launched a "buy-a-beam" campaign. We are encouraging students, organizations, and community members to purchase and name the 258 beams that compose this building's frame. The Timber Framers Guild has created a 3-D map of the design that will help donors locate their beam once the building has been constructed.
Beams can be purchased for $1000 each. If you are interested in purchasing a beam or would like more information, please contact our Development Director, Kathi Osborne, at (800) FOLK-SCH or by email at email@example.com. By supporting this endeavor, you are not only helping the Folk School build a beautiful new shop, but playing a pivotal role in the future of blacksmithing in America.
The Historic Francis Whitaker Blacksmith Shop This project also includes the renovation of the Whitaker Shop. The aging structure will be brought up to modern standards of comfort while retaining its historic charm. It will be completely re-wired and re-plumbed, fitted with a sprinkler system, and have improved ventilation and energy efficient windows.