Metal casting workshop set for April at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., is offering a metal casting workshop in its working shipyard from Wednesday, April 10, through Friday, April 12, with an additional day on Sunday, April 14. Held from 9am-4pm on all four days, the workshop is for participants ages 16 and older, with class-size limited and advanced registration needed.

Christian Benefiel, sculpture artist and Shepherd University Professor, will guide participants through the intricacies of casting bronze and aluminum; creating wood, foam or wax molds; working the sand and furnace; and pouring molten metal. The public will learn the lost wax, or investment casting, techniques and the more traditional green sand techniques. Class will be held Wednesday–Friday, April 10–12, and molds will be poured on Sunday, April 14. Participants will take home a working knowledge of casting metal from start to finish and their own creation.

The workshop is $500, with a 20% discount offered to CBMM members. Materials are included in the registration fee. To sign up, visit