Members of the Saskatchewan Blacksmith Association can often be seen at work at the forge.
The blacksmith sharpened plowshares, replaced horseshoes, repaired wheels and shaped iron into tools and replacement parts. Metal was heated in a forge, where bellows forced air through the fire to heat the iron. Tongs were used to hold each malleable, red-hot item on the anvil while the blacksmith hammered it into the desired shape with his sledge. It was then plunged into a nearby tank of water to harden it.
If you are interested in learning more about blacksmithing, sign up for the WDM Introduction to Blacksmithing course.
To find out more about blacksmithing in Saskatchewan, you may also contact the Saskatchewan Blacksmith Association.