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The Village Blacksmith

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This film by Sam Hanna looks at the work of Soutergate blacksmith John Coward as he shoes a horse and makes a horseshoe in his shop. The film begins with the blacksmith nailing in a horseshoe and using a rasp to file and trim the shoe and hoof. There is footage from inside the smithy where hot metal is shaped on an anvil and made into a horseshoe. The film then cuts to shots of the blacksmith hot shoeing a young horse, and the horse being ridden away down a village street.


blacksmith horse shoe rasp smithy anvil

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The Manchester Metropolitan University
Minshull House
47-49 Chorlton Street
M1 3EU
United Kingdom


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