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  • Part 5 of our Archive Series
  • 1973 docudrama where master blacksmith demonstrates expertise
  • Run time 37 minutes
  • Extra: "The Blacksmith Forging an Andiron" (1999), 25 minutes
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    Part 5 of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Archive Series: The Trades of Colonial Williamsburg

    In this realistic 1973 dramatization of life in colonial Virginia, our master blacksmith explains why the "hammerman" was one of the most vital craftsmen in town. Year-round work for the blacksmith kept the community's tools, farm implements, and firearms in good working order.

    The blacksmith and his assistants explain their tools and demonstrate their skills. With patience, they carefully heat iron objects and expertly forge the metal into an ax, a signpost, and a fireplace crane.

    Extra feature: "The Blacksmith Forging an Andiron" (1999)—Colonial Williamsburg blacksmiths demonstrate some of the fundamental techniques used to shape a fireplace andiron after an 18th century original. They show how each process leaves telltale signs that give wrought ironwork its distinctive character and allow modern day tradesmen to "read" how an antique piece was made.

    Hammerman in Williamsburg DVD, No. 301249

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