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Under a spreading chestnut-tree
The village smithy stands;
The smith, a mighty man is he,
With large and sinewy hands;
And the muscles of his brawny arms
Are strong as iron bands.
                                          
H.W. Longfellow

There are few old enough to recall the once familiar scene of the village blacksmith shop.  As you entered a small town in early America you could immediately pick out the sound of metal being hammered on the anvil and identify the smell of a coal fire.  Following a farmer's team of work horses you would soon see the weathered wooden shop with smoke from the forge spiraling up from the brick chimney.  A group of young boys would routinely gather in the wide doorway to watch the callused hands of the blacksmith perform their "magic" and create every day household items out of iron bars. 

    Inside the shop, standing patiently would be a saddle horse waiting to have iron shoes custom made for him and skillfully nailed to his feet.  If you politely asked, the blacksmith may have invited you in to observe as he started with a solid bar of  iron and forged a door latch or hinges or other articles for you.  The primitive simplicity of most items was what gave them their time-enduring artistic appeal. 

    As with the blacksmiths in days gone by, The American Village Blacksmith Geronimo Bayard was no mere shoer of horses but also forged useful and unique articles out of red hot iron on the anvil.  Visiting The American Village Blacksmith shop in Oakland, Oregon, you stepped back in time and witnessed the blazing cherry red coal fire, the shower of pin point sparks and heard the anvil's ring.

    No machine can possibly reproduce the look and feel of a handmade product.  For those who wanted a hand-made functional or decorative item, skillfully forged in the old manner, one of Geronimo's original creations fulfilled your desire. Because his forge is now cold, items made by Geronimo are no longer available for purchase.

   Few tools other than forge, anvil and hammer were used in this work.  Except for Horseshoe Art pieces which are a more modern art form all their own, all welding was done in the forge.  Forge welding is done by taking the white hot metal from the fire and fusing it together on the anvil with hammer blows.  This is the only authentic way to join metal as it was done in simpler times gone by. 

    Measurements given are approximate, for all articles are free hand forged and are bound to vary somewhat. 

    Production was definitely limited to what one man could make with simple tools used with patience and skill in the old-fashioned way.

 

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Forging


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Lighting

Oak Leaf and Acorn
Fire Tool Set & Stand

Horseshoe Art





All horseshoe art items are made from shoes worn by horses ridden on the back roads of Oregon.
For more information:

call  541-459-4682

The American Blacksmith
3739 Hwy 138 W
Oakland, OR  97462

mary@americanblacksmith.com

"Simplicity does not preclude craftsmanship".
                              Geronimo Bayard

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This entire web site is copyright protected.  1996-2001 Geronimo & Mary Bayard,  2001-2009 Mary Bayard Fitzpatrick
All rights reserved. Contact Mary for reproduction information & permission.