The Tom Kennon
At the Heritage homestead
The Tom Kennon Blacksmith Shop
The Blacksmith Shop at the Heritage Homestead is open and fired up each Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. until Noon, with local members of the Blacksmith Association of Missouri providing demonstrations of the Blacksmith's craft. Hand Forged Items are for sale and custom work can be commissioned. Bring the Kids for a demonstration they won't forget!
You will find local master craftsmen and women of the Blacksmith Association of Missouri (BAM) forging metal into knives and tools...even dragons and snakes! Stop in for a live demonstration, or learn how to join the Blacksmith Association and work on your own projects.
Hours and Location
Open Saturday 9 am until noon and during special events. Located at 200 Franklin Street, Doniphan, MO 63935 (one block south of the court house)
For more information contact the Current River Heritage Museum
GPS Coordinates for the Blacksmith Shop are: N 36° 36.988 W 090° 49.665
We Host Our Fifth Blacksmith's Association of Missouri Statewide Meeting Here on 03/23/2019
THE BLACKSMITH ASSOCIATION OF MISSOURI (BAM) WILL HOLD THEIR STATEWIDE MARCH BI-MONTHLY MEETING AT OUR SHOP ON MARCH 23, 2019. THE MEETING WILL BE STARTED AROUND 8:00 A.M. FOR THE EARLY BIRDS ASSEMBLED FOR THE OBLIGATORY COFFEE AND DONUTS SERVED IN THE NEWLY RESTORED PLUNK SCHOOL HOUSE BUILDING NEXT TO THE SHOP.
LUNCH WILL BE SERVED AT NOON. BIG D'S BARBEQUE WILL CATER THE LUNCH AS USUAL. THE FORMAL BUISNESS MEETING WILL START AT 1:00 P.M. FOLLOWING THE BUSINESS MEETING THE THE IRON IN THE HAT AND TRADE ITEM RAFFLES WILL BE CONDUCTED FOLLOWED BY SOME OPEN FORGE TIME FOR THOSE INTERESTED.
THE DEMONSTRATION WILL BE HOW TO FORGE AND FABRICATE A WALL BRACKET WITH SUPPORTING SCROLL TO SUPPORT A HANGING BASKET.
THE TRADE ITEM WILL BE "SOMETHING RIVETING" (A FORGED ITEM JOINED WITH RIVETS).
Here are some Highlights of Our March 2014 Meeting:
FOR THOSE WHO WONDER WHAT WE DO,
Here is a Sample of What We Forge at the Blacksmith Shop:
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRY YOUR HAND AT BLACKSMITHING?
DNAP’S BLACKSMITH SHOP USER GROUP IS ORGANIZING A BEGINNING BLACKSMITHING CLASS THIS COMING SPRING. CLASSES WILL BE IN TWO HALF DAY SESSIONS ON SATURDAY, MARCH 30, AND SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019. YOU MUST ATTEND BOTH SESSIONS IN THE PROPER ORDER. PARTICIPANTS MUST BE 18 YEARS OLD (OR 12-17 WITH WRITTEN CONSENT OF PARENT/GUARDIAN). EVERY MEMBER OF THE CLASS MUST BRING A SET OF SAFETY GLASSES AND WEAR COTTON CLOTHING. ALL OTHER TOOLS AND METAL STOCK WILL BE PROVIDED.
CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT THE TOM KENNON BLACKSMITH SHOP AT THE HERITAGE HOMESTEAD IN DOWNTOWN DONIPHAN, MISSOURI. CLASSES BEGIN AT 9:00 A.M. AND CONCLUDE AROUND 1:00 P.M. EACH DAY. THE TOTAL COST IS $50.00 TO COVER THE COST OF COAL AND METAL STOCK FOR BOTH CLASS SESSIONS. CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST THREE MEMBERS WHO REGISTER AND PAY THEIR FEE.
CLASSES ARE ON MARCH 30 AND 31, 2019.
THE SESSIONS WILL COVER THE FOLLOWING BASICS OF BLACKSMITHING:
Session 1: History of Blacksmithing, Sources of Information, Introduction to the Forge, Shop Safety, and Operating the Forge, Hammer and Anvil Basics, Drawing Out and making a drive hook.
Session 2:. Upsetting, Bending, Shaping, Making a Leaf Hook; Introduction to Forge Welding.
To Register Contact CURATOR at the Current River Heritage Museum, 101 Washington, Doniphan, MO 63935. (573) 996-5298, or Chris Miller at (573) 996-2090 or 996-4931. Make checks payable to DNAP.
Other Blacksmithing Links:
Our Own Steve Eikerman Stars in An Instructional Video Filmed in Our Shop:
WE ARE MOSTLY RECOVERED FROM OUR FLOOD DISASTER. IN EARLY MAY, 2017. THE CURRENT RIVER VALLEY EXPERIENCED AN HISTORIC FLOOD WHEN THE RIVER CRESTED NEARLY 7 FEET ABOVE THE ALL TIME RECORD.