Crosby Arboretum’s Forge Day success in spite of rain

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Crosby Arboretum held its 10th Annual Forge Day Saturday where local and regional metal workers showcased a variety of blacksmithing techniques.

The event provided hands-on experience to those interested in pursuing metal working as a hobby and for those eager to learn the history of blacksmithing.

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This year, as those in the past, adults and children tried their hands in the craft.

Brothers Alex Waters and Ben Waters utilized the opportunity to learn to make knives. 

Alex, 16, said he likes the idea that anything can be created by molding metal and is considering taking it up as a hobby in the future.

“Initially I was a little scared, but gradually started liking it and credit my younger brother in getting me interested in the craft,” Waters said.

Ben, 12, said he likes working with hot metals and making his own tools.

“The first time I saw something like this was on Youtube and have been wanting to try it out ever since. I plan to pursue blacksmithing as a hobby and use the traditional way especially while making small knives and hatchets,” he said.

Local blacksmiths enjoyed enlightening young people about the various tricks of the trade because it will be up to them to keep the art alive.

Larry House, a blacksmith in the Picayune area believes the craft teaches children things not taught in school.

“It teaches them proportion, patience and how to use their hands well,” House said.

House advised the young people who tried the craft Saturday to stay focused and safe at all times and wear eye protection and safe clothes before handling the tools and hot metal.

Ed Lott said he has been blacksmithing for as long as he can remember. And credits the current interest in the hobby to the television series “Forged in Fire.”

“We love having the opportunity to see the younger crowd at such events as they will keep the tradition alive in years to come,” Lott said.