The Village Blacksmith


I think it is wonderful how many of the old traditions survive in Ojdula (Ozsdola). One of my neighbours is the village blacksmith and there always seems to be a cart or two parked in front of his house. Today I decided to pay him a visit to see him at work forging steel and shoeing a horse.

Ojdula on a winters morning

Miklos fitting horse shoe

Once the correct size shoe has been selected for the horse it is then nailed into position.

Village blacksmith fitting horse shoe

Miklos fitting horse shoe

Smoothing down after new shoe fitted

Once the shoe has been nailed to the hoof, the nails are then clipped and trimmed before being smoothed off with a file.

The village blacksmith preparing to shoe horse

Miklos is very organised when shoeing a horse. He has a tray containing all the tools required for the task ahead.

Horse being harnessed after new shoes fitted

Once the last shoe was fitted, this Gypsy villager walking the horse out of the yard and harnessed it to his cart.



It was fascinating watching Miklos at work. Working the bellows by foot and shaping the metal effortlessly, you can see that he has been doing this work for many years.