Experience pre-industrial age blacksmithing at Gilfillan

Those who attend Farmfest have the opportunity to learn about blacksmithing over at Gilfillan Estates.

Blacksmith Teacher Bob Brown, of Inver Grove Heights, will demonstrate basic blacksmithing techniques on Aug. 5 and 6, and part of Aug. 7.

Then he’ll be leaving for Harrington, Del. for the Artists Blacksmiths’ Association of North America conference.

At Gilfillan, Brown will show techniques such as drawing out, scrolling, texturing with hammer or chisel, forging, cutting, punching, bending, twisting and welding.

He makes a few items for sale, but his real goal is to demonstrate and teach blacksmithing, tell stories of the trade, and learn from others.

“Many farmers can remember their fathers and grandfathers working with metal in the farm shop,” he said. “Blacksmithing was a dying craft, then people started getting into clubs and saying, ‘We can’t let this die.’ Now, we have to glean as much knowledge as we can from the older generation.”

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  1. In the winter, Greiner trades his blacksmith's apron for a big, red suit. He dyes his long beard a little whiter, practices his ho-ho-ho, and spends the holidays making Christmas a little more magical for children. Greiner plays Santa for private
  2. She wipes wet hands on her blue cotton apron. “Of course I am! “Ladies got married in their mid 20s, but mothers would have drilled into their heads to only get into a situation with a man who's also a blacksmith,” Victoria says. She knows that
  3. Jill Kenik, clad in a leather apron and bearing a specialty hammer, asked 6-year-old Trenton Kiefer. Kenik, the president of Acropolis Studios Model Works (www.acropolisstudios.com), was and topped with a specialized tool called a “stake,” all atop

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