Increasingly, the only way the public has any chance to see a blacksmith at work is through physical demonstrations at living history museums or community events. When any individual undertakes such a working demonstration, they not only promote themselves, but act to represent the entire artisan blacksmith community. Effective demonstration technique is a skill quite separate from ability with hammer and forge.
A number of individual objects will be produced as part of the ongoing conversation. From the 1800's, a pendant candle holder. From the Early Middle Ages, a small kitchen knife. From modern artistic work, some work using pipe.
Darrell Markewitz started his life long journey as an artisan blacksmith working at Black Creek Village in the late 1970's. Since then he has demonstrated metalworking in front of literally hundreds of thousands of people. He has illustrated many historic periods, and within a range of levels from artistic to technical, across Canada and internationally. (www.warehamforge.ca)