Thursday, August 8, 2013

Top of the Heap!

Monday's Riddle was forged in mystery, and Lizzy's review of Heirs of Prophecy by Michael A. Rothman told us about a family learning to live by a smithy's code. Friday, Dan Gutman will be stopping by to chat with us about his story The Million Dollar Shot, and Saturday, we always like to hear your thoughts on The DMS Wants to Know. Today, we're being fitted for some lucky shoes...


This week's top of the heap: The art of blacksmithing!

Fairday & Lizzy: Here's a little about this industrious past time...

Definition of Blacksmith:
1) A person who makes horseshoes and shoes horses.
2) A person who forges objects of iron.

A Victorian Blacksmith's Shop

Blacksmiths had a place among the working classes, and worked with their hands and arms in a smithy. Blacksmiths are highly skilled artisans. A farrier specializes in making horseshoes and shoeing horses.


What an amazing industry to learn about! The work is hard, but the ingenuity of craftsmanship remains invaluable. It's a fascinating trade to learn about, plus, the farrier is usually the nicest person in the barn- they have a great sense of humor. ~ F & L 


This horse in Turkey was announced the most beautiful horse in the world- can you imagine the pressure of fitting this star with a pair of fancy horseshoes? 

Here's another beauty, just because I love horses : ) ~ F
A day in the life of a farrier- great tutorial! 

8 comments:

  1. Oh wow, what a couple of beautiful horses! I've always wanted to learn more about blacksmithing :)

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    1. Meradeth- Aren't they beautiful? :) Being a blacksmith is definitely hard work- and hot too! :) ~L

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  2. Pretty horses :) Thank you for sharing. <3 I think blacksmiths sounds pretty awesome ;p

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    1. Hi Carina, Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts with us! ~ F

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  3. In my culture, blacksmiths are highly ranked and valued.

    PS: That horse is indeed beautiful. It's as if it came out of a fairy world.

    ~Akoss

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    1. Hi akossiwaketoglo, Awesome! I think all horses are beautiful, but that one really is spectacular! ~ F

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  4. Those are beautiful horses! And a great research on blacksmithing. The most I ever knew about the art was that blacksmiths were in huge demand during wartime. Shoeing horses sounds a lot better. :)

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    1. Hi Claudine, Horses are fabulous! Thanks for stopping by! Always lovely to hear from you- shoeing horses is a fascinating craft! ~ F

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