Burning coal in a portable forge
A few weeks ago, I attended an event that celebrated East Gwillimbury's role in the War of 1812. (EG was part of a route on which supplies traveled to western Ontario.)
A blacksmith with a portable forge joined in the festivities.
Slightly better look at the forge
I'm not a pyromaniac but I AM fascinated by fire. What a great photo op, right?
Unfortunately getting an uncluttered shot of the forge was impossible, but this gives you an idea of the size of the space the blacksmith was working in.
Pounding red-hot iron rod into shape
The blacksmith noticed me taking photos and offered to make me ahook for hanging plants. He also let me step inside the roped-off area so I could take photos.
Closer view of hot rod
He also patiently explained and answered questions about what he was doing.
Turning a hook
After pounding a point on the end of the rod, he cooled the rod slightly in water and carefully pounded a hook.
Hand rotated blower to fan the flames
Every so often to keep the flames hot, he turned the hand crank on this blower. Sorry I neglected to take a photo of the crank!
Finishing off the hangar
The hangar is now holding a planter on my side porch.
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