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This category will locate, photograph, and waymark existing, historical, and former blacksmith shops.
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The trade of the blacksmith dates back to antiquity, with one of the classical Greek gods working as the smithy for that pantheon. Blacksmith shops are likely as old as the profession itself, with the tools of the trade largely unchanged much over the course of history. All a blacksmith needs for his shop is a fire to melt the metal, a hard surface upon which to shape the metal, and tools with which to beat the metal into shape. Thus, blacksmith shops are almost a universal no matter what culture or time period they occur in.
Every blacksmith's shop had the same basic essentials. First there is the forge. Although it puts out a lot of heat, the blacksmith usually works with hot coals and embers rather than a fire. Then there is the anvil, often situated on a pedestal. Tools may vary slightly, but there is generally a hammer and tongs. There is also a barrel of water or other similar item in the shop. Various shaping tools would also be in the shop, but these would vary according to the work the shop does. Custom built tools known as jigs are often crafted for specific tasks.

Nowadays many blacksmiths are artisans, producing custom made works that may be functional or merely decorative. A number of modern blacksmiths ply their trade in period shops at various renaissance festivals or centers.  Despite the modern age, the interior of blacksmith’s shops remains the same as they have been for centuries. Although locations may be more contemporary, say in a modern building rather than a period wood-frame shop, the tools inside the shop would be familiar to a blacksmith from the past

Some historical blacksmith shops still exist, but no longer operate as a blacksmith shop.  For example, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar in New Orleans.  There are no horse shoeing going on here, just some hammering... if you know what I mean.


Instructions for Posting a Blacksmith Shops Waymark:
This category well accept Blacksmith Shops that are currently operating, historic recreations, and those that are no longer working as such, whether closed up or operating as something else (though it must have signage or a plaque to support it's past use as a blacksmith shop). An historic marker on the location of a long gone blacksmith shop will also be accepted . (Please add any historical pictures if available)
Most temporary blacksmith shops will not be accepted with the exception of Renaissance Festivals that have permanent structures for their smithy's (no tents or tarps).

Photographs are a MUST with at least two pictures to qualify for consideration.
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Blacksmith ShopsHirsch Blacksmith shop - Mill Race Historical Village - Northville, Michigan

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The Hirsch Blacksmith shop is located in the Mill Race Historical Village in Northville, Michigan.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member GT.US

location: Michigan

date approved: 9/17/2010

last visited: 8/14/2014

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This historic blacksmith shop is located on Main street in Manchester Michigan.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member GT.US

location: Michigan

date approved: 8/25/2010

last visited: 6/24/2011

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Blacksmith ShopsRaphael Reighard Blacksmith Shop - Fulton County Fairground, OH

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A blacksmith shop at the Folton County Fairground.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member Web-ling

location: Ohio

date approved: 8/3/2011

last visited: 7/26/2014

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