It’s Canada Day, and Silverton hosts a day-long community celebration. History and heritage are big. Chuck was asked to be one of the blacksmiths demonstrating at the living museum “Fingland Cabin.” They used coal, which was new to him — he normally uses charcoal (made in the shark hole) .
They made a lot of racket and attracted a fair number of onlookers, many of whom were fascinated by the whole painstaking process of turning cold steel into wrought creations. Fire, the clank of metal on metal and the hissing of a water bath hold a certain attraction for a segment of the population. Dad-guy included.