The Barrington History Museum has a working blacksmith shop, and a resident blacksmith, Derek.
Derek, a physics major at the University of Michigan, can be found most Saturdays in the shop working on one project or another.
Today he was working on a leaf belt buckle. This 15 minute video shows him starting with a rough steel rod, separating the right amount of metal from it, and gradually fashioning the buckle.
Many of the items Derek makes, like this rose, can be found and purchased through the Museums gift shop. Hopefully soon, they will be offered online.
If you visit the museum for this exhibit on a Saturday, please take the opportunity to stop by the blacksmith shop immediately adjacent to the exhibit space. But plan an extra hour or so, because Derek is fascinating to watch at work!
Also, a new section is installed with the light fixture I mentioned in a previous post.
Finally, I had to throw in one extra photo of my daughter visiting the exhibit today.