Blacksmithing – An Old Skill but a Good One
One of the popular spots in the Village is the Blacksmith’s – opposite the Gem Club, where, especially on school visits, one or more of our talented “Smithies” works the fire to show visitors how many metal things are made. You can hear the hammering of steel as the men hammer the molten metal into shape!
It is a fascinating old skill. Wikipedia states : “A blacksmith is a metalsmith who creates objects from wrought iron or steel by forging the metal, using tools to hammer, bend, and cut (cf. whitesmith). Blacksmiths produce objects such as gates, grilles, railings, light fixtures, furniture, sculpture, tools, agricultural implements, decorative and religious items, cooking utensils and weapons.
While there are many people who work with metal such as farriers, wheelwrights, and armorers, the blacksmith had a general knowledge of how to make and repair many things, from the most complex of weapons and armor to simple things like nails or lengths of chain.”
In some areas, especially rural, the skill is popular and there are Blacksmithing classes. Perhaps one of the Village’s blacksmiths will assist if someone wants to learn, and there are special courses available. At the Cobb and Co Museum in Toowoomba, regular classes are held.
In the Reception area of the Village, there are a number of items for sale, which have been created by the talented team of blacksmiths at the Village – there are some good gift ideas too amongst the items.
So, next time you are in the Village have a look at the display in the Blacksmith’s – and if you wish to see a blacksmith in action, check out with reception when they will be operating. Usually they are at work on special days, and often during school term when the students visit.