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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 50

The Blacksmith Shop

The Blacksmith Shop.

The first floor of the building is devoted to metal work, and comprises the machine and blacksmith shops. The blacksmith shop is 40 feet square, and has its complete equipment of twenty-two forges, anvils, tubs, and sets of ordinary hand tools. Eleven sets of heavy tools suffice for twenty-two pupils, as they may work in pairs as smith and helper. The blast is supplied by a large blower, and a powerful exhaust fan keeps the shop reasonably free from smoke and gas. In connection with one of the larger forges is a hand-bellows, which can be used when the engine is not running Every shop exercise lasts two hours, consequently the shop readily accommodates eighty-eight pupils per day.