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The Blacksmith

Monday 8 December 2014, by Monique

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Tools were critical to the survival of early settlements.
In each community or shanty that sprang up in the Pontiac, the blacksmith was central to the production and maintenance of the tools of the trades.
The roar of the bellows on the red hot forge, the ring of the hammer on the anvil, and air thick with smoke and black soot made up the sounds, sights and smells of a busy blacksmith shop.
In the lumber camps and shanties the blacksmith forged a variety of axes for felling, trimming and squaring the prized white pines.
He also made the sleds and other hardware to move the timber over land, and cant hooks, peaveys and pike poles to move it over water.
Once the trees were felled and the land cleared, some of the soil could be tilled.
Then it was the farmer who depended on the blacksmith for wagon wheels and horseshoes, for sharpening coulters and plough irons, and for making and repairing various tools required in agriculture.

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