Workshops

Blacksmithing

Blacksmithing Basics

The West Baton Rouge Museum is home to a thriving Blacksmith Apprenticeship program. Classes are taught by Artist in Residence and professional blacksmith, Gary Hart and other special guests. The tuition for this course is $200 which includes supplies, a copy of the classic blacksmithing book The Art of Blacksmithing by Alex Bealer, and completed projects. Blacksmithing basics and blacksmithing ornamental skills will be taught. Participants will leave with basic blacksmithing knowledge and skill that can be built upon. Class sizes will be limited and will be offered on weekdays or weekends to accommodate participants’ schedules. Upon completion of the program, participants interested in continuing to hone their craft will be eligible to conduct demonstrations at the West Baton Rouge Museum by becoming blacksmithing volunteers.

Forging On

The West Baton Rouge Museum will soon be adding a series of sessions covering more specialized blacksmithing techniques. This advanced program is designed for those who have completed Blacksmithing Basics and wish to build upon their skills. Fees will apply.

Basic Woodworking

Build a Footstool

Basic Woodworking: Build a Foot Stool is a two part session that will be held Saturday, February 8 and 15 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. Each participant in the class will build their own four legged foot stool using only hand tools. Students will use saws, chisels, square, compass, brace, hammer and smooth plane. The cost of this program is $150. The cost of materials is included in the fee for the workshop but students are required to bring their own tape ruler and #2 pencil. West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to work with skilled artisan, Terry Landry, to present a series of new wood working workshops inside the museum’s barn. Advanced, paid reservations are required due to class size limits. To register, please call the museum at 225-336-2422 x 200.  

Build a Tool Tote

Basic Woodworking: Build a Tool Tote is a two part session that will be held Saturday, February 29 and Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. Each participant in the class will build their own tool tote while learning to use basic hand tools. The tools students will be using include saws, chisels, brace, and various squares, marking gauge and hand planes. The tote is joined together with dovetails and dados which participants will mark and cut themselves. The cost of this program is $150. The cost of materials is included in the fee for the workshop but students are required to bring their own tape ruler and #2 pencil. Although they are provided, those who have their own chisels and dovetail saw may wish to bring those as well. West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to work with skilled artisan, Terry Landry to present a series of new wood working workshops inside the museum’s barn. Advanced, paid reservations are required due to class size limits. To register, please call the museum at 225-336-2422 x 200. 

Special Events

West Baton Rouge Museum offers special programs to accompany changing exhibits. Be sure to check our website and follow us on social media so you don’t miss out on unique one-time events.