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Veteran Blacksmith Shares His Knowledge by Dick Cooper

With big biceps bulging from his black sleeveless t-shirt, Mike Cardiff looks as a blacksmith should while he beats shape into an iron bar in f ront of Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum boatyard staffers on a recent summer day. The red-

hot metal changes form on the anvil w ith ever y ear-r inging hammer blow. Steam rises as he douses the end-product into a waiting pail of water, and just like that, the veteran smithy has made a hatchet head. The museum shipwrights, not an

Mike Cardiff gives a blacksmithing lesson to the shipwrights working on the skipjack Rosie Parks. 25

July 2012 Tidewater Times  

July 2012 Tidewater Times

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