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In this video, blacksmith, Tim Moreland, shows you how to make a nail the old-fashioned way, using fire and heat, water and coals, and a little bit of sweat.
Blacksmith – Rocky Mountain National Historic site
Today we can buy nails at the hardware store without thinking about where they came from. But in fur trader times, nails were made one-by-one by the local blacksmith. Take a look and see how it was done.
It's good karma to light your forge. . . without a match.
[TEXT] Tim Moreland - Blacksmith
We're showing people what it would have been like during the fur trade, what kind of tools the blacksmith would have made.
The historic blacksmith was the inventor, the millwright, the machinist, the welder.
He could do anything you could possibly think of doing with steel.
He would build hinges for the fort doors, he would put together nails to build things, he would build knives, axeheads, tomahawks
He was one of the key components of that part of history.
Like anything, it's an amazing, beautiful art form and it's a dying art form
because in today's society everything is instant and you can go and buy things pre-made
You can buy boxes of nails. We lose our appreciation for how things were actually originally made and invented.
So my passion is keeping alive an art form that goes back until biblical times and trying to keep it alive.