A demonstration for a group of homeschool students and families at the Craig Heritage Park and Museum.
We were booked by a group of Nanaimo parents to be onsite for a school trip to the Craig Heritage Park and Museum. We set up the portable forge and a few pieces of work in progress for investigation and inspiration. The plan was to rotate between three stations in small groups to experience butter churning, typewriting, and blacksmithing.
At the blacksmithing station the students each tried, unsuccessfully, to bend a piece of cold steel and then were able to watch how easily it could be done at a bright orange heat. They also got to watch some other basic smithing techniques like tapering and forming a scroll as well as a bit of bladesmithing. At the end of the demonstration, each participant took home a nail that was once part of an old building in Vancouver.
We had fun sharing some of the secrets of our craft and made some great connections. Thanks to the “moms who care” for inviting us to be part of their day.