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.
Crawford County's earliest settlement comes back to life for weekend event
- The devil returned to the blacksmith and begged him to remove the shoes. To this day, the ringing of the blacksmith's anvil keeps the devil away. In the commons room of the inn, Paul Shumaker shared a tale of an 8-year old girl who had been trampled by
- But on the third weekend of October, the sounds of the settlement return: The clink of a blacksmith's hammer on an anvil. The loud, reverberating crack of a musket or a Sam Colt revolver being fired. The whinny of horses. The large iron bell ringing
- 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
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