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Smithy

Perhaps the smith was the most important craftsman at the end of the nineteenth century. He shod horses, repaired heaters, mended pots and kettles, made iron tools and occasionally ornamental fencing. In fishing villages, he was mainly engaged in making hooks, anchors and sole plates that were fixed to the nets so that these could be trawled along the sea-bed.

With a manually operated pair of bellows, the smith intensifies the fire so that the coals become red-hot. He then ensures that the iron in the fire or smithy becomes so hot that it becomes malleable. With a special hammer, he can then make a tool. How? That is the trick of the trade...

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Smithy