What is the Guild?
The Maine Blacksmith's Guild is a private organization which offers a variety of services and outreach to preserve Blacksmithing in the State of Maine for generations to come. Using mainly 19th century & earlier techniques our work catches the spirit of a bygone era, an era which encourages us to use our hands, not machines. Keeping that in mind, the tools of our craft still can be used to break the artistic threshold and break new ground in execution, design, & style.
We maintain several shops across the State to provide service and educational opportunities to every region. We also host a traditional apprenticeship program allowing people who do not have the means to take classes but have the will to learn a very applicable and ancient trade. Traditional apprenticeships last from 4-5 years and require a modest commitment. Apprentices who successfully complete their training will earn a certificate and could be assigned a shop by the Guild to work in. Please keep in mind that our Traditional Apprenticeships are limited and not always available, also, there is a process to selection and can take some time to get the opportunity to interview. For more information see our Services/FAQ section.
The Guild Shops are as follows:
Sokokis Forge, Waterboro- Guild HQ
Valley Forge, Winn
Narramissic Forge, Bridgton
Maplewood Forge & Guild Gallery, Wells(Opens June 2020)
Historic Portland Forge(closed, under threat of development)
6 Old Alfred Road
East Waterboro, ME
Same as above.
Open by appointment or chance. Please call or email us to setup a visit.