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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.

Heritage Festival brings out old school

  1. Other planned events include a craft show, a tractor pull on Saturday afternoon, a truck and car show, an anvil shoot, plowing demonstrations, tractor games, a blacksmith shop and possibly some old-fashioned baling demonstrations. There will be steam 
  2. in the fire at the blacksmith shop he and Stan Burow were running. While Burow made miniature spoons for all the kids, Leitheiser forged some horseshoes after pulling the iron pieces out of the fire with long pliers and hammering it into shape over
  3. He probably makes a mean chicken salad. Hagberg was also the subject of a short documentary that appeared on PBS. "You can take a piece of steel that doesn't want to be moved, and you can heat it up in the forge, put it on the anvil under the hammer

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viko says:

Oct 27, 2010

hi, where can i buy used blacksmith anvil?

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