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Heavenly Farm Report: Into the Forge

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(HOI) — Tucked away in Chillicothe is a unique shop occupied by blacksmithing equipment.

Bud Harvey retired from from Caterpillar Inc. after 30 plus years where he utilized his degrees in metallurgical and mechanical engineering. He fell into blacksmithing after his friend took him to a class.

“After I went through the week long program and came back I told my wife, if I had been born 100 years earlier
I would have been a blacksmith instead of a metallurgical engineer,” said Harvey.

Harvey trained under master blacksmiths from all over the world. One in particular being Uri Hofi, who is internationally known for his unique hammer.

“It’s shaped differently than most blacksmith’s hammers that were used in America until he brought it from Czechoslovakia, or the southern part of Germany. It’s a balanced hammer. The head of the hammer and the peen end of the hammer can turn and be balanced in your hand at all times without any difficulty,” said Harvey.

After a detailed lesson, Harvey handed me a Hofi hammer and let me take the reins in the forge where I ended up creating a meat turner.

The process of creating metals into anything that you can utilize during the blacksmithing process is much harder than it looks.

Heaven Richey

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