Provided by Glengarry Pioneer Museum
DUNVEGAN, June 2022 – The Glengarry Pioneer Museum will reverberate with the sound of hammers striking anvils during its fifth annual Smith-In Blacksmith Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More than eighteen blacksmiths from across Ontario, Quebec and the United States will come together to share their skills and products with museum patrons and other blacksmiths. In the wood-framed Williams Pavilion, blacksmiths from across Ontario and Quebec will demonstrate using various portable forges. In the blacksmith’s workshop, visiting blacksmiths will demonstrate the historic forge. In the past, they have forged replica gun barrels based on a musket discovered near Apple Hill, as well as a reproduction of a ship’s anchor. The Big Beaver School House will feature presentations on blacksmithing history and basic blacksmithing techniques. There will even be a children’s section so kids can have fun with safer materials or try a scavenger hunt for a chance to win a prize.
This event will also see the Museum’s forge and reproduction tools put into operation. The bellows-blown portable forge is inspired by American Revolutionary War forges and features leather bellows and wooden wagon wheels. Local blacksmith Pat Taylor will operate the forge and continue to modify his bellows. The Museum’s Oliver Hamelin Forge, originally from Apple Hill, will vibrate to the sound of forge and anvil.
The blacksmith and his shop were at the center of village life in the 19e century. The blacksmith shod horses, made and repaired all the tools needed for agriculture, transport, forestry and other industries, and also fashioned decorative objects. The blacksmith’s shop, or “forge”, was a key social center, and blacksmiths often fulfilled important ceremonial roles in their communities. This year, you can see the museum’s forge come to life.
Many blacksmiths will have items on display and for sale. On Saturday (June 18) there will be a variety of local artisans, artisans and vendors to complement the visiting blacksmiths.
Chili dogs, hot dogs, snacks and refreshments will be available for sale in the museum’s cheese shop.
Come smell the coal smoke and see the sparks fly as the hammers meet the hot steel! What better event could there be to attend on Father’s Day weekend?