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for the folding campaign-style chairs and field bed.” In January the historic area closes, allowing the trades to go into collections and study old work. Part of an appren- tice’s education is to study examples of 18th century items, determine what styles were most popular, and how they were made. The ultimate goal is to replicate the style, method of manufacture, and the character of the original pieces they may be called upon to make. By examining actual objects and studying period draw- ings, the CWF blacksmiths are able to capture the depth, texture, surface finish, and ultimately the beauty of the originals. From hearth to art, it’s skills that will live on into the future.


In addition to the blacksmith shop, you can learn more about this subject at a new exhibit at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Called ‘From Forge to Furnace: A Celebration of Early American Iron’ high- lights decorative and useful items made in the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit colonialwilliamsburg.com for more information. H


The Anderson Blacksmith Shop & Public Armoury is a favorite stop for CWF visitors. Courtesy of CWF


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