The Rose Blacksmith Shop – Black Creek Pioneer Village

The Rose Blacksmith Shop – Black Creek Pioneer Village


(playful flute) – We’re gonna check out
the Blacksmith Shop. (hammering metal) We’re here at Black Creek Pioneer Village at the Blacksmith Shop with Andrew. – So Simon, do you have any questions about the Blacksmith Shop? – Yes, I certainly do. So Andrew, where did the iron come from? – Well, iron comes out of the ground looking like this, that’s iron ore. But most of this wasn’t being
mined in Canada at this time. Most of it was actually coming
up from the United States. Places like Pennsylvania
were quite rich in iron. What would happen is they would mine these
rocks out of the ground. And you crush them up and do a very, as fine as you can, and then you’re gonna melt them in a place called a foundry. It’s actually, if you
feel it’s a small rock bit it’s actually really quite heavy because the iron is such a dense material. – Fascinating. Back in the day, what kind of stuff was made in the Blacksmith Shop, Andrew? – Well the most common
thing made was horseshoes. Horseshoes need to be
changed about every six weeks so they need to be coming
in quite frequently to get these changed. That’s for a large horse like the ones we have out
here, like the Clydesdales. The other things we might make, will be hardware for actually building your
houses like door hinges. And the other thing were
making quite a bit of will be tools, like this ax head here. So, because most of southern Ontario was covered with a forest originally, you had to clear all that
forest if you wanted to farm it. So the ax was a very
important tool for that. – I see. – This one’s actually iron and steel, too. So it’s gotta have a sharp edge. One of the hands on activities
in the Blacksmith shop here is that you can try
our blacksmith puzzles. The objective here is to remove the ring. Give it a try. These puzzles wouldn’t
be something a blacksmith would actually make for sale. It would be something he’d be making for his own kids. Simply because most toys
were homemade anyways and because he could make metal toys he might make metal puzzles for his kids. – I give up. – Want me to show you how? – Yeah. (metal clanking) – See what I did? (playful flute)

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