Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Darke County Parks Seeking Blacksmiths

Sparks fly from the forge as another useful tool begins to take shape.
Darke County Parks is looking for anyone interested in the time honored trade of blacksmithing. People have been working iron for over 3500 years, and until the, relatively, recent past, the blacksmith was the hub of the community. Everything from carriage springs to horseshoes and meat forks to roofing nails came from the blacksmith’s shop. It is that heritage from over 200 years ago that the blacksmith shop at Shawnee Prairie Preserve is trying to honor.

The park district is particularly interested in those with experience in the blacksmith trade, especially Master Blacksmiths, but will take anyone with a passion to learn. To inquire about volunteering to work in the Shawnee Prairie Preserve Blacksmith Shop, please call the park office at (937) 548-0165. For general information about any Darke County Parks or the park programs, email or call the number above.

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