The Other Side of the Anvil
October 19 @ 9:30 am - October 20 @ 4:00 pmFree
The Galena Historical Society’s Old Blacksmith Shop, in partnership with the Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association (UMBA) will present a special hands-on workshop titled “The Other Side of the Anvil.” Under a large canopy located on the lawn adjacent to the Stillman mansion, six forging stations, complete with forge, anvil, vise, and tools, will be fired up, and skilled regional blacksmiths will provide hands-on smithing instruction for all comers.
New to the event in 2019: we will have food, music, drinks and a bake sale until 6 p.m.
After signing a release, visitors who want to take part in blacksmithing can step up to a forging station and, with the guidance of an experienced smith, make a small iron object using the same heat and hammer techniques practiced at the authentic 1893 forges on Commerce Street. It is a unique opportunity to work hands-on with a coal forge and offers insight into what it is like to work at a 3,000-year-old craft.
There is no charge for participating in the blacksmithing, though donations to support the Old Blacksmith Shop operations are gladly accepted. Persons of any age can participate, but those under 18 must have the signed permission of an adult and may, in some cases, need to be accompanied by an adult parent while they work. Safety glasses and gloves will be provided.