The newly restored Michie House in the town of Louisa will soon have authentic forged iron on its doors and hearth. The Central Virginia
Blacksmith Guild will be shaping iron into hinges, hasps, andirons and more this coming Saturday, Aug.t 10 from 9 a.m. until at least 1 p.m behind the Sargeant Museum of Louisa County History.
The Guild welcomes the public to watch the 20 or more blacksmiths in the guild as they work at four portable forges making all the needed hardware for the restoration project of the Louisa County Historical Society. For those interested in trying blacksmith work, local members of the Guild will offer classes on the Michie House site a few times a year to teach anyone who wants to learn the basics.
Guild members, both men and women, are from across Central Virginia and include artisans who sell their work commercially. Guild president Jerry Veneziano has particularly strong knowledge of colonial era blacksmith work. Veneziano spent more than a decade instructing blacksmithing at Historic Jamestown and has been eager to use the Guild’s talents to support the restoration project during reconstruction and later as a regular guest at programs and special event days on the site.
Veneziano and museum director Elaine Taylor selected the period reproduction patterns the guild will use on Saturday to produce strap hinges and pintles, two Suffolk latches, andirons for hearth cooking and a variety of hearth wares. Visitors are invited to bring a chair, watch the work and ask any questions they have.
To read the entire story see the Aug. 8 edition of The Central Virginian.