Photos courtesy of David Macauley
Report by Jeff Morelli;
Walnford Day, October 6th 2002
Walnford park is the site of a gristmill that ran on the Crosswicks Creek in Upper Freehold, N.J. through the 18th and 19th century. The mill ceased operations in 1872 and the family closed its doorspreserving the mill for over a century. The grounds were acqiured by the Monmouth County Parks System, who restored the mill to working condition. It's a must see for all who appreciate good old American know-how in timber frame construction, line shafting and work and huge millstones powered through simple engineering.
NJBA members forged from 11am to 5pm across from the mill in weather that couldn't be better. This was the second year in a row that we set up at this event and I think it's safe to say that Walnford Day will become an annual event.
Dave Macauley spent the afternoon forging a pot rack with matching hooks. Mike Erdie made a new spring swadge with help from Mitch Swirsky. John Chobrda explained a strikers role and demonstrated by using a sledge hammer for fullering and flattening. He also forged leaves which he gave out for folks to hang on thier key rings. Mitch amazed the crowds with a forge of blue flames coming off of his personal supply of galvanized half inch round stock that he skillfully forged into many unique forms. I (Jeff Morelli) demonstrated drawing out, upset bending and fullering to make simple vegetable choppers.
Special thanks go to Marshal Bienstock for taking time out of his busy season to deliver the trailer to and from the event.