Blacksmithing; Part Hobby/Part Job

 
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Post by Greenleaf » Sun. Jan. 21, 2024 8:29 pm

I'm employed as a blacksmith. State owned Historical Site. I work there, operating the blacksmith shop and teaching the blacksmith course. It's also a bit of a hobby to me, for that matter. Collector of vintage blacksmith tools. I restore vintage tools like hammers and associated tooling but more so blacksmith COAL forges and their hand operated gear blowers.
When not conducting class, I make my own tools, and items for the historic site/village.

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Post by Greenleaf » Sun. Jan. 21, 2024 8:31 pm

I'm currently traveling through ohio, teaching classes and working at a number of events at historical village locations.

 
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Post by Greenleaf » Sun. Jan. 21, 2024 8:33 pm

Southpark blacksmith shop. Beginners class. Mansfield Ohio.

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Post by Greenleaf » Sun. Jan. 21, 2024 8:38 pm

Huron Co Fairground. Heritage blacksmith shop. Demonstration events....

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Post by Sunny Boy » Sun. Jan. 21, 2024 9:17 pm

Thanks for posting that. It's great to be passing on such traditional skills.

I used to volunteer as a costumed interpreter at Old Bethpage Village back in the 1970's teaching about 1800's fishing on Long Island and doing fishnet making demonstrations. I always enjoyed that. I often spent my break time in the Blacksmith shop learning from a German Blacksmith.

Thanks to many talented teachers there who were doing what you are doing, it really kick-started my love of history and lead to a 50 year career involving historic items.

Paul

 
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Post by Greenleaf » Sun. Jan. 21, 2024 9:26 pm

Absolutely 💯 ....thats so cool!
I do, in many cases, wearing a historical outfit in most of the village shops where I work at. I believe they refer to that as interpretation. Typically not during the instructional lessons however.

 
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Post by warminmn » Sun. Jan. 21, 2024 9:52 pm

Im looking forward to the posts on this topic. When real young in the 1960's I spent a lot of time in a really old blacksmith shop while he fixed or made things for my Dad. He had a coal stoker in it for heat but there were gaps between so many boards in the walls it was impossible to heat :lol:

When he died in probably about 1970 it left one other old timer who worked into the 1980s. Great big shed with a fuel barrel converted wood heater in it he could throw a stump into. There are still people doing it here but that was it for the old timers. It really is skilled labor. It seems like they mostly moved over to steam engine shows now in my location.


 
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Post by Greenleaf » Sun. Jan. 21, 2024 10:02 pm

There are a few county fairs in the area with a blacksmith shop on site, in their history/heritage area. Some conduct it as a "club" . Join up and use their shop for the price of membership. I have, in fact seen some travelers who do indeed set up "shop" during a re-enactment event or as you described, at steam engine show, etc.
Thank you for sharing!

 
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Post by Sunny Boy » Sun. Jan. 21, 2024 10:09 pm

Yes, we called it "interpreting" back then.

As a 19 year old net maker working in the back of the Conklin House. :D

Paul

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Post by Sunny Boy » Sun. Jan. 21, 2024 10:15 pm

Greenleaf wrote:
Sun. Jan. 21, 2024 10:02 pm
There are a few county fairs in the area with a blacksmith shop on site, in their history/heritage area. Some conduct it as a "club" . Join up and use their shop for the price of membership. I have, in fact seen some travelers who do indeed set up "shop" during a re-enactment event or as you described, at steam engine show, etc.
Thank you for sharing!
Morty Sturdavant, a Blacksmith north of here in Deansboro, NY used to travel to Civil War reenactments to be the Blacksmith. He also went to local schools to give demonstrations. He made all the box and tailgate hardware for a 1927 Steward Express truck body that I built.

Paul

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Post by Richard S. » Mon. Jan. 22, 2024 2:14 am

Sunny Boy wrote:
Sun. Jan. 21, 2024 10:09 pm
Yes, we called it "interpreting" back then.
Who are you trying to kid, that's your disco outfit. <cue Staying Alivvvvvvvvvvvvvve>

 
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Post by Sunny Boy » Mon. Jan. 22, 2024 9:14 am

Richard S. wrote:
Mon. Jan. 22, 2024 2:14 am
Who are you trying to kid, that's your disco outfit. <cue Staying Alivvvvvvvvvvvvvve>
No, that's all cotton. My disco outfit is all polyester. Lights up the disco ball when the static sparks fly while dancing. :lol:

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Post by Greenleaf » Sun. Jan. 28, 2024 12:48 pm

A common item, hand forged for one of the villages I work for....

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Post by warminmn » Sun. Jan. 28, 2024 3:28 pm

Does the word on it have any meaning?

 
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Post by Greenleaf » Sun. Jan. 28, 2024 3:33 pm

warminmn wrote:
Sun. Jan. 28, 2024 3:28 pm
Does the word on it have any meaning?
Absolutely 💯
One of the historic village locations I work for.

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