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.
Open evening to be held showcasing Horley's new primary school
- With Abern walking Desert Notion around the oval track inside the barn, Meyer took a quick break. Beside him is an anvil, a rasp and clamps, the tools of his trade as a blacksmith. Meyer learned to shoe horses in 1978 and works as a blacksmith on the side.
- The open evening will be held in The Waterlilly Café in Anvil Court (The Acres) in Blacksmith Road, Horley, on Tuesday, March 11, from 7pm to 8.30pm. Children welcome and refreshments will be provided. Application forms will be available from Wednesday
- He then removes the rod from the fire and takes a few steps to an anvil, where sparks fly through the air as he uses a large hammer to flatten and shape the rod. “You've heard the saying, 'Strike while the iron is hot?' That's where it comes from,” he
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