WILTON — Members of the Western Maine Blacksmith Association elected new officers at its meeting Dec. 1 in Wilton.

Stepping up to lead the organization is Stan Tilton whose father, Ray Tilton, originally founded the club. Stan Tilton takes over from outgoing president Rodney Porter. Members thanked Porter for his long service to the club. He was presented with a symbolic wrought iron nail, reflecting his commitment to continuing the art and craft of blacksmithing and in recognition of his efforts to keep the association fastened together.

Laurie Barker was named the new vice president, and Will Sampson is the secretary. Janine Winn was elected to continue her role as treasurer.

Open to anyone who is interested in blacksmithing, regardless of skill level or experience, the association meets on the first Tuesday of each month at the Wilton Farm and Home Museum. The club also hosts regular open forge nights and demonstrations. At the next meeting Jan. 5, Sampson will demonstrate how to make a portable forge powered by a Japanese-style box bellows.

For more information about the association, visit the group’s website at www.westernmaineblacksmith.org.

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