Blacksmith forges hammers, and a career, in 1860s shop
The first thing Aaron Cergol ever made was a little playhouse for Beanie Babies.
He built it with a hinged roof that opened and closed, and his dad, a carpenter, let him use some of his power tools. Aaron, at the time, was 4.
Several years and many projects later, he got an Xbox. He can't recall whether it was a present or if he bought it himself, but he does remember that after about a month and a half he grew tired of playing it.
So he did what any sensible teenage boy would do: He sold the Xbox and used the money to buy a forge. He's been pounding on red-hot steel ever since.
"Everyone," said Cergol, who just turned 23 and likes nothing better than to lay a block of almost-molten metal on an anvil and whale on it with a 3-pound hammer, "says I was born a couple centuries too late."
But there's money to be made in the ancient ways. After less than a year of going at it seriously, Cergol is developing a business fashioning hand-forged hammers that sell for $100 and up.
Bedford Artisan Trail: Handcrafted and homegrown
- One of the characters in the book is a blacksmith, and the homestead's blacksmiths will be on hand demonstrating their skills. Kids will have an opportunity to “blacksmith” with toy anvils and hammers, and the homestead and welcome center will be open
- The hammer clinks on the anvil between each blow, keeping time. . The concrete shop's open windows, breached by kudzu, formerly housed Falls' father's blacksmith shop and also Chrysler and tractor dealerships over its long life on Old Moneta Road.
- At La Salle County Historical Society's blacksmith shop, visitors got a look inside the shop — which has been nothing else since its construction in 1892 — and a demonstration of the ancient craft by blacksmith Tom Hoyt, of Utica. While working at
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