We travel to demonstrate, to teach and also to learn. I demonstrate blacksmithing, open fire cooking, and other heritage arts.
A little about us.
We live in the foot hills of the North Carolina mountains. We enjoy hunting, fishing and raising alot of our own food. We enjoy a simple life style.
But what we enjoy most is having that food cooked over an open flame. To me there's nothing better.
For 4 generations my family has been shaping steel in one form or another, from my grandfather, to my own son.
About five years ago we began attending festivals to promote the art of blacksmithing, among other long lost crafts.
While we camped at these events we would cook our own meals over an open fire pit. And it turned out that folks enjoyed the open fire cooking as much as the blacksmithing, which was alright with me. At their request we began building campfire cooking sets, along with our normal handmade items.
On a personal note, if you know how to do something the "old way" then you should take the time and pass it on to the younger generations. It had been my experience that given the chance, (and seperated from their video games), most of the children enjoy learning how to work with their hands.
What is a blacksmith?
A modern blacksmith does not shoe horses. A farrier shoes horses.
A blacksmith uses a coal fired forge a hammer and an anvil to create items from steel. We are blacksmiths. We enjoy learning the lost arts of yesterday. We have been working with youths through boy scouts and other programs to pass the art of blacksmithing on to the next generation.
Live life simple but to the fullest.