BOOTHBAY — Boothbay Railway Village is offering hands-on art and handcraft classes throughout the year as an extension of the museum’s Artisan Days program. 

Artisan Days brings bringing contemporary artisans who use traditional methods to the museum to demonstrate their work. 

Classes this summer include blacksmithing, weaving and soapstone carving. Classes on woodcarving, fiber arts and more are planned for the fall and winter.

Jim Kearney, resident blacksmith at Boothbay Railway Village, leads monthly blacksmithing lessons for beginner and intermediate students. Kearney has more than 40 years of experience and blends American, Irish and German traditions in his work, which ranges from rigging for sailing vessels to fine architectural hardware. 

Workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. on Aug. 24, Sept. 15 and Oct. 13. The cost is $90 for members, and $95 for non-members.

Other workshops include:

Aug. 13: Weaver Susan Perrine will teach 3-D weaving techniques from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Attendees will experiment with a unique fiber art and create a carry-all from plush hand-dyed yarn. 

The cost is $48 for museum members and $53 for non-members. All materials are included.

Aug. 28: Sculptor Anne Alexander will teach soapstone carving from 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m. She’ll demonstrate how to carve soft stone using rasps, files and chisels to create a pendant necklace. 

The cost is $25 for museum members and $30 for non-members. All materials included.

To register, visit or call 633-4727.