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The Ultimate Blacksmith Shop

Photography by Lee Liles

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Bob Armstrong's Blacksmith Shop in Bethel, Ohio. Bob has been collecting blacksmith and farrier tools since 1964; the majority are from old shops in southern Ohio. Not shown in these photographs is a 625 pound Hay Budden anvil.

 

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There's Bob standing just inside the doorway

 

On the porch of the shop is a tire roller, tire shrinker and wagon wheel stand.

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This is a panoramic view from the doorway showing the forge, anvils and drill press. The forge was built out of cobblestone and has a side draft blower.

 

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The circular part of the top of this shoeing box holds various-sized nails. The sizes are stamped on the top, which rotates to the desired compartment.

 

In the forefront of this photo is a 325-lb. swedge block.

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This rack holds top fullers and swedges. Going up the stairs are bolt, rivet and nail headers.

Bob has a collection of 80 miniature anvils.

The barrel is full of foundry tongs.

 

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The circular part of the top of this shoeing box holds various-sized nails. The sizes are stamped on the top, which rotates to the desired compartment.

 

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A collection of 40 clinchers hangs on this wall.

The collection of horseshoes is both extensive and varied.

 

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Mounted above the window are various hoof knives and sole knives.

 

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This tool is called a buttress. The farrier places the wood part against his shoulder and uses the blade at the other end to pare out the sole.

These photos at the foot of the stairs are of an old blacksmith shop in Felicity, Ohio, taken in 1930.

reproduced by permission of Anvil Magazine, January 1998 Issue

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