At the St. Louis de Montfort Academy, we love tradition. We are a small boarding school for boys in rural Pennsylvania. We are run by full-time volunteers in order that our tuition can be affordable for most parents.
Being that we love traditions, we offer different “guilds” in order to pass on that love of tradition to the young men that go through our school. Also, as an institution that always seeks perfection and betterment in everything, we would like to expand our current list of guilds to include blacksmithing, one of the most traditional forms of craft known to man.
(The future location of the smithy.)
However, being that our tuition is low, our means for expanding are also insufficient. There are many more activities and projects that we would like for the boys of the academy, but we are barely able to cover food costs and paying the electric bill. We are staffed by full-time volunteers, so we don’t have to worry about money for salaries, but when cars break down or other things break, things do get pretty rough. Fortunately, we already have generous donors for that, but we don’t have enough to expand.
We already have a 150-pound anvil that was generously donated by a friend of the academy. So, what we need for a fully functioning traditional blacksmithing guild is a 20x40 foot building. We also need funds to build our forge and other necessary purchases like bellows and tools to get the guild off the ground. We will be building the structure ourselves, hopefully from stone that we will be able to afford with the help that you give to our cause!
All we need is a roof, a fire, and some hammers. We hope you can help.
Thank you in advance for your generous support!