Hartwick Pines hosts big gathering of blacksmiths

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

What's billed as Michigan's largest annual gathering of blacksmiths is turning back the clock this weekend at Hartwick Pines State Park.

The two-day Black Iron Days Festival kicks off Saturday, August 27th, at the Grayling park.

More than 50 craftsmen and women are expected to demonstrate their trade at the Hartwick Pines Logging Museum.

The event also will recreate a historic sawmill cutting logs into boards and feature woodworkers, weavers and wool spinners.

The museum is a field site of the Michigan Historical Museum that interprets the state's white pine logging era of the 19th and early 20th century.

The event is free but a state Recreation Passport is required for vehicles coming into the park.

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