Blacksmiths to explain skills behind hammer CENTRAL--Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg


September 27, 1993|By CINDY PARR

Pounding iron takes more than a lot of muscle.

Albin Drzewianowski knows firsthand that molding iron, or blacksmithing, is based on skill.

Mr. Drzewianowski, a Westminster resident who has been blacksmithing since 1988, said, "Muscle is the least important aspect of blacksmithing. It's the skill and knowledge of how and where to hit the metal and the temperature of the forge. These are the critical factors."

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mr. Drzewianowski and some 40 other blacksmiths will share their talent with the public during the fifth annual Blacksmith Day at the Carroll County Farm Museum.

Sponsored by the Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland, this event will feature nationally known blacksmith Tom Latane from Pepin, Wis.

Beginning at 9 a.m., Mr. Latane will demonstrate and lecture on decorative techniques used to construct an ornate French Gothic-style door knocker. The door knocker, and other hand-forged items, including antique-, modern- and contemporary-style ironware, will be available for purchase during the Blacksmith Day auction at 4 p.m.

In the afternoon, attention will be focused on Colonial Williamsburg Mastersmiths Peter Ross and Ken Schwarz, who will demonstrate how to make a fireplace tool set.

"In addition to these activities, we will have two forges set up where people can see the full gamut of blacksmithing," Mr. Drzewianowski said.

"There will be opportunities to see blacksmiths at work, and we will also have a forge where a blacksmith will supervise people who want to make something for themselves."

The museum will be open to the public beginning at noon, and other demonstrations such as hearth cooking, broom tying and spinning will be held on the grounds.

Tailgaters will be on hand to sell blacksmith-related tools and books for those interested in learning more about blacksmithing.

"This is our one big event for the year," Mr. Drzewianowski said. "We do this to let people know that if they want to get into blacksmithing, there is a resource right here in Carroll County."

The Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland has 50 members. Those interested in joining the guild may write: P.O. Box 592, Westminster 21158.

Admission for this event is $3 for adults; children up to 18 and adults 60 and over will be admitted free.

Information: 848-7775 or 876-2667.


Fallfests, fallfests everywhere. This weekend, the 10th annual Union Mills Fallfest will take place from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Fallfest, which will convene on the grounds of the Union Mills Homestead, is sponsored by the Silver Run-Union Mills Lion's Club.

Come out early Saturday and enjoy a real country breakfast featuring buttermilk and buckwheat pancakes, eggs, sausage, hash browns, orange juice, coffee and tea.

If your appetite returns by noon, chicken corn soup, vegetable soup, hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza will highlight the lunchtime menu.

Between meals, there's plenty to keep you busy.

Browse a flea market of some 75 vendors.

Crafts and baked goods will also be available for purchase.

Kiddie rides, a clown, a petting zoo, a steam engine display and afternoon visits from the Purple Dinosaur will keep the children happy.

The Homestead and Grist Mill will be open for tours. Adult price for both is $4.50 and $2.50 for a single tour. Children ages 6 to 12 cost $1.75 for both and $1 for single tours.

Information: 848-6855.

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