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The Interior of a Smithy, Painting by Gabriel Metsu, 1657

Interior of the Smithy by Gabriel Metsu

Interior of the Smithy by Gabriel Metsu

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Document Description
The Interior of a Smithy by Gabriel Metsu, 1657
 
 
Questions
Describe why the colony would be dependent on the blacksmith trade. 
How difficult was it to learn the blacksmith trade?
 
Through observation of the painting, what were the conditions like working in a ‘Smithy’?
 
What type of tools were necessary to perform this trade?
 

Historical Context
Blacksmiths played a key role in the development and success of colonial communities. Blacksmiths were responsible for producing most iron objects like horse shoes, hinges, locks, nails, and keys. In addition to production, these metal workers also were hired to repair items like wagons and sleighs. Individuals learned the blacksmith trade through apprenticeships which they entered into in their early teenage years.
 
 
Essential Question
How did blacksmiths contribute to the growth and success of the colony?
 
Check for Understanding
Using the painting ‘The Interior of a Smithy’ write an essay describing the life of a Smithy.  Would you have enjoyed an apprenticeship learning the blacksmith trade (state examples why or why not? Answer the question in paragraph form.