Third-generation farrier Danny Ward relies on vintage tools and passes on his skills.
In this 1960s era photo, Danny (left) files a horse’s hoof while his father (right) hammers a horseshoe on an anvil.
This Neverslip horseshoe caulk no. 2 wrench is used to remove caulk from a horse’s shoe, enabling the animal to gain better traction in ice and snow. The tool was made by the Neverslip Mfg. Co. of New Brunswick, N.J.
This Little Giant Co. power hammer, dating to the 1800s, is still a player: Danny uses it to forge horseshoes from scratch.
Danny Ward demonstrates the use of a hoof buttress. For decades farriers have used such a tool to grind a horse’s hoof.
The hammer at top belonged to Danny’s father; it dates to the late 1950s or early 1960s. The hammer head was Danny’s grandfather’s and dates to the 1800s. Danny plans to add his own hammer to the collection when he retires.
In the early 1900s, farriers used a hoof pare like this to trim a horse’s foot. This pare originally belonged to Danny’s grandfather.
This Champion handcrank was patented July 30, 1901, by the Champion Blower & Forge Co., of Lancaster, Pa. The crank was used to blow air to the coal forge. Today, most farriers use electric blowers.
Danny built these coal and gas forges for students at his farrier school. Enthusiastic but sometimes misguided use necessitates annual replacement of anvils at every workstation.
Dating to the early 1800s, this Hay-Budden Mfg. Co. anvil has been used by three generations of Ward farriers.
Molly, a neighbor’s cat, stands guard over an 1800s-era swedge block originally owned by Danny’s grandfather, Jordan Ward. Farriers and blacksmiths used swedge blocks to form varied metal configurations and shapes.