Wednesday, May 13, 2009

ABC Wednesday - Q is for Quaint Blacksmith Shop

Q is for Quaint Blacksmith Shop............

an old fashioned blacksmith shop at strawbery banke

In keeping with a stroll that we took through Strawbery Banke, I thought that this Quaint looking little Blacksmith shop would be perfect for this week's post.

Since most of the buildings on these premises were built during the early 1700's, this little shop was a necessity back during those times.

The "smithy" who owns the shops works as if it were still back in the old days. No power or modern day tools to be found here.

All that wood piled out front is used to fuel his fire for heating up the iron or steel which he will hammer and shape into just about anything - furniture, tools, cooking utensils, horse shoes, and weapons.

This Quaint little shop has such old fashioned charm.

We visited it in the autumn, but the busiest tourist time is in the summer and it must be awfully hot in that little building when the fire is roaring.

Looks like he has some tools set up outside to help with that problem though.

What amazing and beautiful creations he forges with his fire, hammer, metal, and hands.

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  1. Cooool! I've been here! I was there last 4th of July and they made a barrel outside of the shop with the metal bands wrapped around it!

  2. I love shops like that. Unfortunately most are now in open air museums, which is a bit of a shame.

  3. How lovely. I've always been amazed at the ability of the smith to make all that metal work. Your photo is a perfect evocation of times past.

    On behalf of the Team, thank you for participating.

  4. I can see the charm through your photo. I would have loved to have been there in person.

  5. Hi Marie - thanks for stopping by - isn't really something else what he can do. I was quite impressed with his work.

  6. Hi Mara - I know what you mean, and most are so commercialized these days - it's sad.

  7. Thanks, Dragonstar - going through there is just like being there. Worth the trip for sure!

  8. Hi Poetic - I really is a neat experience!

  9. Very cool Kathy, what's amazing is that there is still someone using it and doing their craft today.

  10. Sometimes I have to wonder how long it is before trades such as this are lost -- and that would be the saddest thing.


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