Saturday, October 11, 2008
The Blacksmith Shop
The village smithy, a place where men have gathered for centuries among the flames, heat, smoke and noise.
You won't want to believe me, but this is a brand new building. It's dedication was held just today with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Complete with a metal ribbon of course!
The craftsmanship is amazing. All the logs are hand hewn. As are all the buildings in this little village.
Each window is fashioned with unique metal crossbars. The doors sport hand wrought hinges and latches.
The forges consist of a raised brick hearth outfitted with bellows to feed the coal fire and a hood to carry the smoke away.
With a forge and anvil, hammer and tongs, blacksmiths can make almost anything.
Everything here is made from a simple railroad tie.
These men are some of the finest you will ever have the opportunity to meet. They are willing to pour their blood, sweat and tears into building an environment where the future may learn from the past.
And ladies, believe it or not, these big burly men can even cook up a darn fine meal. I've never had ham and beans so good!