“The idea of using the most basic equipment and being able to make something was almost magical” says David Kauffman. “A person can take a fire, a hammer, an anvil or even a big rock, a piece of steel, throw in some basic blacksmithing steps and make a real, tangible item that started as an idea in their head.” See this process in action during Blacksmith Days at the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum, from 12 to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 23 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 24.
Kauffman, coordinator for Blacksmith Days, expects to have fifty or more smiths working on portable forges and anvils. They will be working on a variety of projects, letting visitors see how several different types of items are made.
There is a possibility for visitors to try their hands during Blacksmith Days, on a case by case basis.
Admission to the grounds for Blacksmith Days is free; regular admission applies for tours of the Herr House and Native American Longhouse.