Students in the California Blacksmith Association's training program get hands-on training
Bob Nett at work at the Vista Forge. Students in the Vista Forge classes represent a diverse group: Men, women, young, old, father-and-son, welders, farriers, artists, professionals, craftsmen.
A decorative piece produced by a student in the Vista Forge adult education program.
Bryan Brazeal (left) and Ed Brazeal (right) at work during the June show at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum. Instructors at the Vista Forge have completed the program there and are certified by the California Blacksmith Association. The smiths at Vista routinely lend a hand to their host, the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum. "We do projects for the whole museum," said Bill Stone. "They're always bringing things up here, stuff they've broken. There's a lot of equipment out there, and it gets banged up."
The smith's artistry. The blacksmith shop at Vista is always a crowd pleaser. "During the shows, some people come watch, listen, breathe the coal smoke, and stay all day," said Dave Vogel. "They never get a chance to see the tractors."
A work in progress at the wheelwright's shop, which shares space in a large barn housing the Vista Forge.
A 15 hp Mogul kerosene engine powers the lineshaft in the blacksmith shop. This one, dating to 1917, is one of only four 15 hp Moguls known of in operating condition. It previously powered an ore crusher at a mine in California.
Vintage equipment and machinery on a lineshaft at the blacksmith shops at Vista.