Blacksmithing, Photographing and Dancing at the Little Buffalo Festival

On Saturday 4 October 2014 I had the fun time of attending the event listed above, the Little Buffalo Festival very nearby to where i live. It is held in Little Buffalo State Park which is a nice large artificial lake good for canoeing, biking and hiking. It was a rather blustery day, warm when the sun was out but rather chilly when it was cloudy. I went home and came back thrice for various reasons, starting out in jeans and a sweatshirt then returning in the end with a heavy leather coat on and heavy hat.

I go most years though have missed a few d/t illness or inclimate weather, but i was intrigued in the menu that all day two ladies would be showcasing their blacksmith skills. Joy and Adia were taught by their grandfather who recently passed away and his pic is below. Now, i have ALWAYS wanted to try my hand at blacksmithing. It seems in my blood and i love working with iron and fire. I did not think i would have the physical strength but they taught me it is all about the tools and how you handle them and i noticed even tough their arms were not rippling with muscles that they were strong and did amazing things. Their one apprentice made a fire poker as i watched then i bought it barely cooled. LOVE it !

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Here is a hand powered forge you just crank to get air into and i was talking with a guy names Bill there who told me very simple ways to make a forge myself using an automobile blower used for heating and AC attached to a 12v battery, not old school like the hand crank but a lot easier to find. So i started thinking about what hardware i have and will use an old iron kettle which has a flange at the top and side vents which can be opened and closed to channel the air from the blower. And i got a Lamborghini W blower from TBST for $25 !

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Since i can’t seem to get text in between these pics – above are some scenes from the stage, the children’s drumming circle, various happy crowds milling about,the taking down of the flag at dusk, and i walked in the end to the top of the dam and snapped the sunset.  Enjoy and blessed be the organizers of this event including my good friend Tony O.

4 thoughts on “Blacksmithing, Photographing and Dancing at the Little Buffalo Festival

  1. Lovely photos and interesting text. A slice of American life we don’t get to see or hear much about over here. We can understand your fascination with the blacksmiths art; a kind of magic in itself.

    • Its all very Appalachian, and of course my goal besides learning blacksmithing is to learn how to made swords and other metal magickal objects from the iron which comes from the center of the earth where you know who lives, LOL.

    • Yes for 33 years now i think, and i barely scratched the surface in pics of what else went on because i was huddling around the warm forge in the chilly air. And btw i have already put together a forge but not fired it up yet but eventually one will hear the sounds of blacksmithing across the stream at the cabin.

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