We travel to demonstrate, to teach and also to learn. I demonstrate blacksmithing, open fire cooking, and other heritage arts.
Over the winter of 2011 some friends helped us post on YouTube, so that we may share what we have learned. Please check us out, and rate them if you like them. We will be making more so keep watching. Go to YouTube and type in openfireforge
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.
We live in the foot hills of the North Carolina mountains, and enjoy raising and canning alot of our own food.
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.