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.”

Long-lost doc about rural France indulges in people-watching

  1. He wants to make his papa proud of him, and his dad is the town blacksmith. So Gaston really has aspirations to be a chef. But he decides to hang up his apron and try his hand at blacksmithing like his dad." Aguirre points out that there's a conscious
  2. Filmed on a small rural farm in the Burgundy region in France, it is edited as if the filmmaker captured a single day in the life of an aging blacksmith and his wife, Jules and Felicie Guitteaux. Spike Lee He ties on a leather apron and gets to
  3. Added this year was a leather apron appropriate for a blacksmith, although the historical society still is seeking a male mannequin to display “at work” at the forge. New downstairs is a display of old radios and cameras, some of them antiquated and

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