The Museums at Lisle Station Park host several blacksmith classes throughout the year. To register for a blacksmith class, click the register online button associated with the course, or call 630-964-3410. For more information about our blacksmith classes, call 630-968-0499.
All classes are at the Blacksmith Shop, 921 School Street in Lisle. The blacksmith shop barn oncestood in Wisconsin and is a fully-functioning blacksmith shop. The 19th century building was disassembled, shipped and reassembled on our grounds. This historical building is where volunteers teach the art of blacksmithing throughout the year.
Blacksmiths were called the “Kings” of the trades because they made the tools for all the rest of the trades.
An apprentice, usually a boy of 12-14, was sent by his parents to work and study under the guidance of the blacksmith. He received no pay but was given a place to sleep, do his studies, and meals.
Early Lisle had between 5 to 6 blacksmith shops working until modern times. Farm communities, such as Lisle, needed them to repair machinery and tools, sharpen plows, and make iron work for new wagons, buggies, and other farm tools.