The Craft of Blacksmithing (Library Friends Meeting)

7:00 p.m.
April 28
Bill Library
All are welcome to this presentation.

Bill Scheer, lead blacksmith and instructor in the Mystic Seaport Shipsmith Shop, will speak at the quarterly meeting of the Friends of Ledyard Libraries. Bill teaches blacksmithing for the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program, Introduction to Blacksmith Metallurgy Lab for the Coast Guard Academy at Mystic Seaport, adult classes, private lessons, and in-school hands-on programs.

Specializing in whaling tools, slave hardware, ships hardware and trade tools, he lends his expertise not only to the seaport but to other museums and movie and documentary productions, as well as teaching and demonstrating in a variety of venues. As busy as that keeps him he finds time to serve as president of the Connecticut Blacksmith Guild, as a director of the Lock Museum of America, and as a Boy Scout Metals Merit Badge Counselor. A retired Navy Master Chief, Bill has been at Mystic Seaport for 24 years.

We would love to see you there and hope you will bring a friend. Perhaps you will consider joining us?

In the past few months, the Library Friends have sponsored some wonderful programs including Patty Carver with “This Old Hat,” Lee Moore as “Nathan Lester and authors John LaMattina, and Carol Wallace. Andrea Buka and Jennifer Finlayson hosted a fabulous Downton Abbey Tea with delicious goodies.

Now your friends need you. We have many small jobs that need to be done. We are looking for sorters to sort books at the Bill Library for our September book sale. We hold a “Books and More” sale in November and need a hand with the bake sale, silent auction and craft sale.

We also are looking for someone to join the membership, and book sale committees. Can you spare a couple of hours to help us support the Library? Please contact me or ask a Librarian.

Remember to check out the cellar at the Gales Ferry Library or the ongoing book sale at Bill Library. We are constantly getting new books in.

Linda DeRose, President