Blacksmithing in the City

….when you need to fix tools for the wood burning oven

Recently at Montgomery’s Inn some of our tools for the outside wood burning oven needed to be repaired. Seeing that there are no local blacksmiths in the neighbourhood my colleague decided to set up a temporary fire pit to heat up the iron tools that needed reshaping.

He started with the coals from the fire that heated up our bread baking oven. Once the interior temperature reaches its ideal temperature to bake our bread the coals are scraped out and into a metal garbage can. Using a long pipe he blew directly into the coals to heat them up even more and then placed the tools into the hot coals and then hammered them back into shape. Once the desired shape was achieved he cooled the tool in the surrounding snow. Ingenious!

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