Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Our Time at Stratford Hall -- Great Blacksmithing & Great Company!

We had an amazing time at Stratford Hall this past weekend.  We were part of an incredible blacksmithing line-up that featured a colonial horseshoeing, blacksmithing, and smelting.  But, this was not just any blacksmithing event -- it was held on a historic and beautiful property.  Plus, we got to spend the time with some wonderful folks!  What could be better? 

It was a real treat to forge alongside these fine smiths.  Our good friend Steve Walthall demonstrated his farrier skills and smiths Steve Mankowski and Lee Sauder built a smelting furnace and turned iron ore into a bloom of iron and then into an axe.  They even gave the finished axe to our son!

It's a bit of a running joke that I tend to ruin my historical accuracy when I am in colonial attire interpreting for Jeff because I can't help but grab my camera throughout the day.  It's all true....but the light was great!



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