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.”

Northern Ireland stage is now set to fool tourists with film set towns

  1. The statue goes by just one name: Vulcan. Around this polite Southern metropolis, he's famous for his oversized head, manly beard, blacksmith's apron and fearsome spear he raises toward the sky. There's also a risque little feature that likens him more
  2. He passes the butcher's shop, where the jolly big man in the striped apron smiles silently at him. He sees one of the old Georgian houses on the corner, recently renovated and occupied. There is a door slightly ajar and a tabby cat sitting on the step
  3. A blacksmith demonstration was held on Tuesday at Bell Park with Joe Frausto demonstrating. Spring break visitors enjoyed lemonade and They are also busy making a bonnet/apron combination for a fundraiser. More details as the weeks move along!

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