Forging Ahead

Always wanted to learn what a Blacksmith does? Have you missed going to Sturbridge Village in MA due to Covid restrictions and learning about so many “Old” methods of making things? Well, not only is Sugaring Season just around the corner but our beloved Sugar Shack at the park has been temporarily converted to a Smithy.

What is a Blacksmith? According to Wikipedia, A blacksmith is a metalsmith who creates objects from wrought iron or steel by forging the metal, using tools to hammer, bend, and cut. Blacksmiths produce objects such as gates, grilles, railings, light fixtures, furniture, sculpture, tools, agricultural implements, decorative and religious items, cooking utensils and weapons. There was an historical opposition between the heavy work of the blacksmith and the more delicate operation of a whitesmith, who usually worked in gold, silver, pewter, or the finishing steps of fine steel. The place where a blacksmith works is called variously a smithy, a forge or a blacksmith’s shop.

Stop by this Sunday, January 17 or Monday, January 18 from between 11 & 3 and you can watch Pete Laffin ply the trade.

And…right now, weather permitting our Sugar Maple trees at the park will be tapped the first week of February. Sweet times to come!

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