SHOW ME AND I REMEMBER — Blacksmith Chuck Canterbury shows Aeva Schifferli, Ella Rose Pieters and Ashlyn Bush how he uses his tools. Photos submitted by Lisa Abt Peters.
WEST FALLS — Aurora Waldorf School invited blacksmiths Chuck Canterbury, Dave Ott and Bill Ott to visit the school for a day and show the students the tricks of their trade. The blacksmiths set up a forge to demonstrate the craft of transforming iron into tools.
As members of the New York State Designer Blacksmiths, a non-profit agency of more than 140 members, Canterbury and Ott explained that they are committed to keeping the art of blacksmithing alive.
As part of Aurora Waldorf School’s autumn celebration, all of the students were able to experience the hammer striking the hot iron and the quenching sound as the glowing iron was cooled in the water. They were also able to use a clay that acts like hot metal to try their forging skills on the anvil for themselves.