I had the idea to have a blacksmith shop among my buildings. So I first looked for some figures. I came across two sets: a horseshoeing group by Minden Miniatures, and another one by Hovels Model Buildings. The latter one is 19th century, if you take things too seriously. But I surmised that an American blacksmith might have worn his hair short in our period. So I had two sets available.
|Blacksmith group by Minden Miniatures|
|Blacksmith and apprentice by Hovels Model Buildings|
|The water tub filled with plastic water|
But what about the building itself? I searched the net for pictures of historic smithies and came across some useful illustrations which helped me concretize my idea of the smithy.
|Photo of a Colonial smithy from the internet|
The hearth with the glowing fire of the smithy was not really a problem. Looking for hints how to build it, I came across a model railway builder's website that offered a cheap solution: using an electronic tea light! Two of these lights cost me two Euros. The parts in the interior of these lights - a battery, battery chamber, a flickering LED and a switch - are so small they easily fit into the hearth.
|Electronic tea light|
|The glowing hearth (mind the tools!)|
|The electronic tea light inserted into the base|
|The grinding stone|
|Bird's eye view of the interior|
|A view through the detachable roof |
(mind the horseshoes and the spare iron bars in the corner)
|The hearth with the bellows|
|Left side with the wheel tyres|
|The wheel tyres in their original state (I used the interior ring)|
|Life at Johnson's Smithy|