Monday, July 13, 2015

Sesquicentennial of the Civil War at Willowbrook!

Our Civil War Weekend is July 25th and 26th. We have the following planned: Knitting and sewing, sending messages by wire, surgery in Dr. Trafton's House. Visitors will partake in a triage of battle injuries, cooking outside ( Daniel will demonstrate his squirrel cooker, albeit with a whole chicken), drilling and marching with the Third of Maine, Fire building (yes, with a piece of flint (actually chert). Preparing firewood (two man saw and axe), horse riding ( carousel), change a wagon wheel, block and tackle, "Medicine, Health and Nutrition in the Civil War", Minet Ball Making, Blacksmithing al fresco, shaving horse and draw knife, dance in the ball room, high tea on the Durgin House porch and a bivouac. Don't forget that the Maine Antique Power Association will be presenting also!  Oh and Dr. Peter Stickney will play Southern tunes on the reed organ.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Willowbrook at Ossipee Valley Fair, July 9 & 10, 2015.

Volunteer blacksmith Daniel Blekkenk
Volunteer blacksmith Frank Vivier pounds out a knife blade.

Museum Director Bob Schmick demonstrated the use of a shaving horse in anticipation of a new class at the museum in which you make this same essential woodworker's tool.
Blacksmithing Shop at the Ossipee Valley Fair, July 9 & 10, 2015
Frank Vivier's knife display


Thursdays, 5-9, Saturdays/Sundays, 10-5. BLACKSMITHING STUDIO . This is for the experienced blacksmithing student. We have two blacksmithing shops for use that include a masonry side draft forge and multiple Buffalo forges. Tools available. Metal stock available at extra fee. Prior notice necessary. $10 Per Visit. The funds go to supplying the smithy.
Special Blacksmith Museum Membership: $150 for use of blacksmithing shop during museum hours or by arrangement in 2015, plus the additional  benefits of a 2015 FAMILY museum membership ($120 Value).

 July 25/July 26, 11-2, SAUERKRAUT MAKING. Learn this rural Maine tradition. Students will walk away with the knowledge of how to do and two full Mason jars of their efforts. $20 (Includes admission to the museum and our Civil War Event).

July 25/July 26, 2:30-4:30, WILD STRAWBERRY AND RHUBARB SLUMP MAKING (AND ONE OR TWO OTHER THINGS AS WELL). Learn to cook on a wood buring kitchen stove. Make this wonderfully appetizing sweet of yore with Ruthie and Johanne. $20 (Includes admission to the museum and our Civil War Event too).

Sunday, August 2, 9AM-4PM: PROPANE BURNING FORGE OR METAL CASTING FURNACE MAKING, $300. All materials and know-how provided. Will involve metal fabrication and use of refractory cement. 10 PSI regulator provided with gas delivery system. Do your own blacksmithing or metal casting in the garage or back shed. See details here.
Sat., July 11, 9-4. BLACKSMITHING: MAKE A DRAW KNIFE or a TOMAHAWK, $125. Learn the fundamentals of blacksmithing in this bladesmithing class. Cut, shape, and harden a blade from spring steel. Form the tang or eye to receive a hard wood handle.  This is the essential woodworker's tool or hunter/sportsman tool. All materials and tools provided. Filing and polishing will be necessary beyond the class. Come back and do ths work at our smithy for free. Photos.

We'll set a date when you tell us you're interested. METAL CASTING CLASS FOR ANTIQUE ENGINE ENTHUSIASTS, $125. Learn the fundamentals of sand casting/metal casting in bronze, aluminum, and/or brass. Students will learn about furnaces, casting methods, and patterns. Students will cast two projects under supervision. These will be a set of governor weights for an Economy engine and a standard one-lunger/make 'n brake muffler in aluminum; this will prepare you for your own future metal casting projects. A rocker arm is also a possible project. We have another class in building the equipment to do your own casting. Photos.

The class involves felling a tree, the use of traditional tools, and the use of the  technique of riving to create split rails for fashioning a shaving horse with a wooden jaw controlled by a pedal. This tool was used in combination with a draw knife ( see above) to make barrels, spokes, tool handles and a variety of objects. A good class to partner with a spouse, friend or son or daughter on. An heirloom tool. Photos.

Friday, July 10, 2015

2nd Annual Silent Movie Festival, July 17-19, 2015

Movies shown in the museum's Sandwich Shop. Food and beverages available.

Our silent movie festival is made possible through a 2014 Maine Humanities Council grant.

SESSION 1: Friday, July 17, 10AM-12Noon

1. William S. Hart in Tumbleweeds (Western) (1925) 1:19:49
2. Stan Laurel in West of Hot Dog (1924) 30:34

SESSION 2: Friday, July 17, 1PM-3PM

3. Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera (1925) 1:46:28

SESSION 3: Friday, July 17, 3PM-6:15PM

4. The Vampires (1913) 31:08
5. Buster Keaton in The Boat (1921) 26:47
6. Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood (1922) 2:12:46

SESSION 4: Saturday, July 18, 10AM-12:30PM

7. The Prisoner of Zenda (1922), 1:43:00, Piano Accompaniment by Peter Stickney
8. Stan Laurel in Mud and Sand (1922) 39:45

SESSION 5: Saturday, July 18, 1PM-3PM

9. The Flapper (1920) 1:25:28, Piano Accompaniment by Peter Stickney
10. Charlie Chaplin in Easy Street (Preview), 0:0:58
11. Buster Keaton in The Paleface, 21:06, Piano Accompaniment by Peter Stickney
12. Buster Keaton in The Scarecrow, 20:12

SESSION 6: Saturday, July 18, 3PM-5:30PM

13. Douglas Fairbanks in The Thief of Baghdad (1924) 2:19:34

SESSION 7: Sunday, July 19, 10AM-12:30PM

14. Lon Chaney in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1:40:43
15. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, 51:01

SESSION 8: Sunday, July 19, 1PM-3:30PM

16. Gloria Swanson in The Danger Girl (1916), 20:22
17. Fatty Arbuckle in Fatty Joins the Force (1913), 13:31
18. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916), 1:38:43