Blacksmith participants sought for 25th annual 'Hammer In' April
14-15 at Lincoln's New Salem
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[March 10, 2007]
PETERSBURG -- Blacksmiths from throughout the
Midwest are encouraged to take part in the Lincoln's New Salem State
Historic Site's 25th annual "Hammer In," scheduled for April 14 and
15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. near Petersburg.
This year's workshop for
professional and hobby blacksmiths will feature guest demonstrations
by Sheldon Browder and Steve Mankowski of Colonial Williamsburg. As
part of their demonstration, Sheldon and Steve will likely include
the forging and finish filing of socket chisels, axes, foot adzes,
cooking utensils and a horse saddle stirrup.
A gallery of work
created by participants will be set up for viewing, and participants
are encouraged to bring old tools to sell or trade. Eye protection
must be worn by all participants and spectators in the demonstration
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Registration is $10 per day if received by April 1. Late
registration or registration at the door is $15. Free coffee and
doughnuts will be provided each morning, and a free Saturday night
dinner will be served for all paid registrants. To obtain a
registration form, please call Lincoln's New Salem, 217-632-4000.
Lincoln's New Salem
State Historic Site, located along Route 97 near Petersburg, is
administered by the
Historic Preservation Agency. The "Hammer In" is co-sponsored by
the agency and the New Salem Lincoln League, the site's
not-for-profit support organization.
Lincoln's New Salem State
Historic Site news release received from the
Illinois Office of Communication and Information]