“The idea of using the most basic equipment and being able to make something was almost magical” says David Kauffman. “A person can take a fire, a hammer, an anvil or even a big rock, a piece of steel, throw in some basic blacksmithing steps and make a real, tangible item that started as an idea in their head.” See this process in action during Blacksmith Days.
Kauffman, coordinator for Blacksmith Days, expects to have fifty or more smiths working on portable forges and anvils. They will be working on a variety of projects, letting visitors see how several different types of items are made.
There is a possibility for visitors to try their hands during Blacksmith Days, on a case by case basis.
Admission to the grounds for Blacksmith Days is free; regular admission applies for tours of the Herr House and Native American Longhouse.
For those wishing to dive deeper into blacksmithing, group and individual classes are available.