There’s this place about 7 or 8 clicks from where I live called Old Petrie Village. It’s a faithfully restored reproduction of the original Petrie Village of the early 1900’s.
These days, the buildings house arts & crafts, cafés, book shops and other similar stores and each Sunday there’s an out-door market, complete with bush poets, buskers, face painting, rides and other attractions for the family to enjoy.
There are also working museums scattered about the property. Each museum is a working example of life in the early 1900’s; there’s a fire station, boiler house, metal and wood working shops, a potter and a few other old-time trades.
One trade that always gets my attention is the blacksmith shop.
I don’t know what it is: Whether it’s the dirt floor, the sound of a hammer striking the anvil as it shapes the metal, or the smell of the coal as it feeds the fire.
Whatever it is, it always seems to draw me in to take a closer look.
The smithy at the shop at Petrie Village runs a two-day course that introduces people to the art of blacksmithing. It’s nothing too in-depth, and is only meant to give students a taste of what can be achieved with a hammer and a bit of heat.
On the Saturday prior to my arrival, the Smithy had taught his students the finer points of building and maintaining a fire and how to make a pair of tongs.
On the Sunday, the day I turned up, they were in the throes of making a cold chisel… No not that Cold Chisel… one made of steel.
I must have been there for some time, because The Pillion sent out a search party to look for me. I was so engrossed in what they were doing I totally lost track of time. This always happens with me and blacksmith shops.
Even though I haven’t picked up a hammer or stoked a fire in over 20 years, the nostalgia still gets me and I always reminisce about my time in the blacksmith shop.
*Sigh* Life seemed so much simpler back then.
Motorcycle content: Bluey is coming up to here 48k major service. She’s still on her original chain and sprockets. I wonder if they will hold out till 54K?