Welcome to the Kellogg & Sons Blacksmith Shop

Our traditional Blacksmith shop located in Northern New York. We do custom Blacksmithing work focused upon traditional 18th and 19th century hardware and tools.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

More Adirondack Blacksmiths' Pictures!

Here are a few more from the Hammer-in February 2014.

Many thanks to Marty for hosting!

His Armitage Mousehole Forge anvil is a great example of an early 1800's English anvil.

Marty and John Scarlett showed off their Blacksmith's pocketknives.  The upper one is Johns, made in 2005.  The bottom one is Marty's, made in January.

Marty has a nice Little Giant Power Hammer.  It is useful for heavy forging.

And for recycling.

Thanks Marty!  It is always fun getting together with the ADK smiths to try new projects.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hammer-In with the Adirondack Blacksmiths: February workshop on making a forge welded heart hook.

The Adirondack Chapter of the New York State Designer Blacksmiths meets about 10 times a year.  It is a great group dedicated to preserving and teaching traditional blacksmithing skills.  We met Feb. at Marty Snye's shop near Ogdensburg, NY.  Snow, cold, and difficult travel probably limited attendance a little, but we had a lot of fun!

Marty Snye has a beautiful and very nice coal forge in his shop with a side draft hood.  His forging station is well organized with only a step taking you from forge to anvil to vice.

It really takes away the smoke!  The Side Draft hood leaves a lot of space to work, and uses natural draft to create a high velocity draft to carry away the smoke.

This is the template for our project.  It is made of one piece forge welded and shaped.

Figuring things out takes some time and effort!

To quote Dr. Suess, "And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore."  It was a fun day of forging, food, and camaraderie!  Thanks to Marty and Micky for hosting the hammer-in.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Fun at the Hanford Mills Ice Harvest!

The boys and I had a great adventure trip on Saturday to the Handord Mills Museum in East Meridith NY.  It is a rare and wonderful kind of Historic site!

A real operating Sawmill, woodworking shop, and Grist Mill powered by a water wheel and turbine.  The little Catskill Mountain town of East Meridith wraps around the Mill complex, as the Hanford family's Mill, General Store, Post Office, and Railroad Siding were hub of business and industry in the little town for over a hundred years!

The Ice Harvest happens the first Saturday of February every year.  Over a thousand people come out to help cut ice on the pond and haul it to the icehouse.

 Locals, families, and older folks who grew up in the area all converge on the town for the event.  The Ice Harvest doubles the town's population for the day!  It is a rare kind of Museum event, in that it puts everyone to work!  People stand in line to cut ice, haul 50lb blocks on sleds, and help pack the ice in sawdust in the Ice House!

Loading blocks in the Ice House.  More than half full!

There were a beautiful team of draft horses pulling a Bobsled.  They took families for rides around the Millpond all day!  They did a good day's work!

I joined two Blacksmith friends to help demonstrate at the Blacksmith Shop.

We were one of the first places visitors stopped on their way in, and the last they visited on their way out!  It was a lot of fun meeting folks and Blacksmithing.  More about our Blacksmithing projects in the next post.