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the future,” she said, “so people attending our school can stay overnight on site, even as much as a week if they’d like.” doug’s young son, Ben, also helps with instructing students. At age 13, he is already an accomplished blacksmith, producing custom knives that are being snapped up by collectors. “Our instruction is all about teaching Old World blacksmithing techniques and perpetuating those dis- appearing arts,” said Lockhart. “And our emphasis is on producing quality work. The difference between a good blacksmith and a poor blacksmith is just two hammer blows. Quit too soon or end too late and the piece you’re working on suffers. The key is knowing the precise time to stop hammering, and that’s where our experience comes in.” doug Lockhart is a natural teacher, affirming and friendly. He began the day by familiarizing us with the various equipment we’d be using, all the while stressing safety. “Metal is most easily molded when it is yellow hot,” he said, “and that means 3,000 de- grees, so be care- ful!” He also kept the instruction light by being quick with a joke and from time to time adding his- torical information. He told us, for instance, “Years ago, before the availability of modern pharmaceuticals, people used to purchase water drawn from the town blacksmith’s ‘slack tub,’ the water barrel he used to cool his ironwork, believing the water had medicinal qualities.” As a class, we worked on several small projects throughout the day, each newly learned skill building on another. The Lockharts would first demonstrate what they wanted us to do by using modeling clay. Then, using metal, they’d manufacture the piece as we watched. Finally, the students were turned loose to repeat the metal work on their own — easier said than done, especially in my case. We learned how to take a four-sided metal rod (5/16 inches thick) and shape the end to a point, to make re-curls and bends, to create a spade (a leaflike pattern), and to put a 360-degree twist in the metal. By the end of the day, each of us had used these skills to create several decorative metal hooks, capable of being attached to a wall and holding a substantial flower pot or other heavy object. A delicious homemade lunch, prepared by doug Lockhart’s wife, Bertie, was served about midday in the family’s log home. Built in 1824, it was originally located some 20 miles away before doug purchased the building, disassembled it, moved the logs to the family farm and reassembled the house there. A most impressive structure, some of the hand-squared logs measure 2 feet thick! The Lockharts offer beginning and advanced in- struction in both blacksmithing and knife making. They are also interested in buying used blacksmithing equipment and tools, such as anvils, hammers and W tongs. . H. “CHIP” GROSS is Country Living’s outdoors editor. The Southern Ohio School of Blacksmithing is located at 4515 Twp. Rd. 430 outside of Logan. For more information about attending a class, send an e-mail to lockhartironworks@ gmail.com or call 740-380-6816. You can also visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Southern- Ohio- School-of-Blacksmithing/ 744272129004346. The website for Lockhart Ironworks is www.themakersofhandforgediron.com (Above) Doug Lockhart’s son, Ben, checks the temperature of the fire in the school’s forge. (Below) Danielle Russell, Lockhart’s daughter, instructs a student during a blacksmithing class last April. JULY 2015 • COUNTRY LIVING 29