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Opportunities abound at Forge Day at The Crosby Arboretum

Do you have an interest in Blacksmithing or metalworking? Come to the Crosby Arboretum in Picayune on Saturday, January 29, for a “Forge Day”. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, all ages will enjoy this event that will showcase a variety of metalsmithing techniques.

Crosby Arboretum Interim Director, Pat Drackett, says, “There will be representatives from the Gulf Coast Black Smith Association on hand. It’s an excellent opportunity for people that are interested in starting with metal working. They can come and get a hands on experience with our experts. There will be waiver forms and safety equipment will be provided.”

“This event will also be of interest to local Boy Scouts, who are working on their Metal Working Badges.” she says. “We think it’s a great opportunity to offer in this cool season.”

This is a great learning opportunity for those interested in getting started in metalworking, or setting up their own forge. Members of the Mississippi Forge Council, the Gulf Coast Blacksmiths Association, and the Gulf Coast Custom Knifemakers will have a variety of forges, and demonstrations in knifemaking, blacksmithing, and metalworking.

The program is free to Arboretum members and $5 for non-members, non-members’ children $2.  For more information, please call the Arboretum office at (601) 799-2311.  The Crosby Arboretum is located in Picayune, Mississippi, on Ridge Road, between Wal-Mart and Interstate 59, at Exit 4. Follow signs to the Arboretum.