Photograph of the Day – finishing touches

Colin Dawson from Patterson's Spade Mill putting the finishing touches to a rams headed poker he made during a blacksmithing demonstration at St'Georges Market. He quipped that people ask why it cost's £40 for a poker when he took 40 minutes to make this particular one. Colin was down as part of the weekly demonstrations at the market in the run up to the 'Market Memories Weekend' 25th-27th June which will mark the 10 years since the regeneration of St George's.

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  • RepublicanStones

    A (nearly) lost art. Herself’s granda was a blacksmith, he ended life with a spine like a hairpin bend. Was out at the that Folk and transport place last St Patricks day, utterly boring apart from the blacksmith demo, strangely hypnotic to watch.

  • Some photos and captions from Portrush Raft Race 2010 – with captions. Gerry Kelly and Alan Simpson provided the banter.

  • Thats the very phrase alright “strangely hypnotic”
    me and maah boy watched him for the the last 20 odd mins and there wasn’t a peep out of him as he stood transfixed.

  • No harm to you Nevin but what’s the link with this photo?

  • ForkHandles

    caption would have to be something along the lines of

    “MLA stimulus package takes shape!” 🙂

  • Nevin.
    What’s the link?

  • IIt’s a very quiet thread, Moochin, and I thought Sluggerites might appreciate another Photo of the Day or two.

    The spade mill in Bushmills has long since gone but the weir/carry is still there. It’s just upstream from the Millennium Bridge.

    There used to be a blacksmith’s shop at the end of our lane and another farmer had the right of way through our fields to take his horses to be shod there. There was also a joinery where farmcarts were made and the blacksmith fitted the hoops on the wheels as well as making the other metal fittings. All gone now.

  • Well you could have just mentioned the spade mill and all the rest of it without linking to what is (and i’m sorry to say it) a very mediocre set of photographs .
    There’s been a few PotD’s with no comments at all and thats fine by me but to link a set of photos that have no apparent link whatsoever (with some comments already alluding to the lost art/craft) is spurious at the very least.

  • Oh dear. Man, ball and camera!! So, it’s really Moochin’s Photo of the Day from a small corner of Northern Ireland.

  • Wise up Nevin i simply wanted to try to understand the extremely spurrious link.