The Boundary Museum held a blacksmithing course on Saturday (July 6).
Open to members of the community, the two-day course was aimed at showing participants blacksmithing tools and techniques from many years ago and ones used today.
The course had 10 participants, all from the British Columbia area except one who travelled from Edmonton to take part.
Throughout the two days, participants learned about different blacksmithing techniques as well as history and etiquette of the trade.
The Boundary Museum invited Henry Hamilton and Keegan Einarson from Fort Steele to teach the participants about the trade.
On display were some of the blacksmith’s own chains and other projects to show and inspire the class.
A special tool that was used during demonstrations was a bellow (a device that produces a blast of air) made by local Bill Bevan.
In late-April of this year, Bevan began to make the bellow that he later donated to the museum just in time for the weekend’s course.
Bevan, the secretary of the Boundary Woodworkers Guild, explained that there was not a guide on how to make a bellow.
Bevan explained that he engineered it not by a plan but rather from “photographs and knowing what goes on inside the bellows.”
The Boundary Museum’s mission is to educate members of the Kootenays about the area, history and heritage.
For more information about the Boundary Museum and what events and courses it has to offer, visit www.boundarymuseum.com.
– Contributed by Alesha Starchuk, for the Grand Forks Gazette