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DeKalb-based club seeks aspiring blacksmiths

Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – The Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center is looking for blacksmiths and aspiring blacksmiths.

A blacksmiths club has formed at the site where Joseph Glidden invented “The Winner” barbed wire in 1873, according to a news release. Club members demonstrate historical blacksmithing methods in the Phineas Vaughan Blacksmith Shop from May through November at the homestead, 921 W. Lincoln Highway.

Blacksmith demonstrations and homestead tours are open to the public on the second and fourth Sundays of the month from June through October, as well as at special events in May and November.

The blacksmiths club meets twice a month to learn new skills and practice. They also make merchandise for the homestead gift shop and craft tools to be used at the homestead. For information or to attend a club meeting, call 815-756-7904 or email info@gliddenhomestead.org.

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