Reader Tmib_Seattle has managed to put together a badass little blacksmithing program for the local Boy Scout troop he labeled “Camp Hahobas 2009” in the Toolmonger photo pool. Whether or not it actually is located in the historic BSA camp grounds doesn’t really matter to us, though it might be since Seattle is only about 30 miles north of Tacoma.
Check out the wicked metal bending these guys have going on and you begin to understand what Tmib is actually doing. These are kids that would probably have no exposure to blacksmithing in their lives, and a day or two spent over a fire gives them a positive, hands-on experience to take away with them.
We also dug the illustrated board with the hammer blow breakdown chart on how to position them on the anvil and where to bring the hammer down.
It obviously took a lot of prep, time and some cash to give this experience to these young men and our hats are off to Tmib_Seattle and everyone else involved. Exposing young people to old ways of doing things can be a challenge in itself — of course, you’ve always got a young man’s attention when fire is involved.
Toolmonger Photo Pool [Flickr]