This is Derick. As he will tell you he's in 8th grade but gonna be a freshmen next year. (Remember when we were that age we always wanted to be a year older?) He is BT's great-nephew.
Here he's working on a tinner's anvil that BT sent him home with today, along with 2 sacks of coal. Too bad he didn't send him with a hammer. Oh well, good advertisement I guess for a Stanley product.
This is a spare stump we really didn't use. Derick's Dad had gotten him this so called anvil. He is using a better hammer. Well for a while it was better. That is until the screws came out of the top and the head flew off.
BT is helping him with his fire. Nice forge too. Actually Derick knew it was in the dump on the home place and dug it out. Notice the nice new motor on it.
This is the first hook Derick made by himself before we got there. Way to go Derick!
Last week Derick was here when the deer sausage making was going on. That is when he really took an interest in forging. This was his first lesson in making a hook.
BT made Derick a tomahawk. Here he's using the 50 Little giant Trip hammer on it.
A southpaw blacksmith.
The son captured this great photo of his Dad during the forge weld.
It so great to see the young interested in this craft. Blacksmithing like quilting is gaining popularity. If this young man keeps up his interest he will be helping us with demos. On second thought this young man has a younger sister, maybe I will see if she wants to learn to quilt!