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Blacksmith's anvil,  Ulster American Folk Park collectionBlacksmithing was a skilled occupation. As well as shoeing horses, making tools and equipment was an important aspect of the trade. 

As with other crafts, the number of blacksmiths peaked in the 1800s.

Population and industry were rising and most products were locally made. However, asBlacksmith's hearth,  Ulster American Folk Park collection mass produced iron goods displaced local products, and the combustion engine replaced the horse, the blacksmith’s business steadily declined.

When you visit the Ulster American Folk Park you may see a costumed guide demonstrating this lost skill in the forge.