During the first week of October, Andrea and I were on the road. We visited Change Islands to do a People, Places and Culture workshop and Fogo Island to do some fieldwork. During our visit we stopped in to the Penton Forge in Joe Batt's Arm.
Penton Forge, circa 1970s.
This forge was built in the 1930s, and used until the 1970s. We met with Madonna Penton who had reached out about the forge. Her late husband Leo, and his younger brother Tim worked on getting the forge back up and running.
Leo with some of his grandchildren digging up horseshoes from the ash bed.
Tim is continuing the work on the forge including installing clapboard on the outside. Leo and Tim's grandfather Peter Penton who was trained by another local blacksmith, Jimmy Besso.
Peter Pentons certificate dated in 1940.
This short video shows some older photos of Penton Forge, and shares some of the memories of the blacksmith shop.
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