Monday, October 03, 2005

The Smithy

One of the stops on the Scarlet Maple Tour (see post below) was in the tiny hamlet of Watson's Corners. There was another church, which we didn't bother to see because we were getting churched-out by that time. There was also an Alpaca farm nearby that we chose to forego. We did, however, visit a little art display inside an old blacksmith shop, although shop may not the right word for a blacksmith's establishment. I simply don't know.



The artist, William Caldwell, is deceased, but his widow decided that she would still put this display together for the tour. According to the tour brochure, the National Gallery rates Caldwell's works as excellent. It didn't particularly ring my chimes, but I suppose that the better ones have long since been sold. However, you can see some of them a little better on Cuppa's blog, (note: some of you have already read that post).



I quite enjoyed the ambience of the gloomy blacksmith shop. I'm sure that Caldwell must have painted by the big and bright window; well, he simply had to. As you can tell by the picture, Cuppa and Butterfly quite enjoyed it too.


 

8 comments:

Bonita said...

I would have spent a lot of time looking at the roofbeams, which are fantastic; the stone walls, which are gorgeous; and the artwork - because someone loved him so much she left it all for us to enjoy. I've not been in a real blacksmith shop, and that just sounds fun.

Dale said...

Shop. Yup. That's right, AC. Blacksmith's shop. My great-uncle was a blacksmith.

PBS said...

I've been in a Blacksmith's shop and it was very interesting! They had a demonstration of how tools were made, heated and hand-hammered (over and over) into the proper shapes. Cool pictures!

kathy said...

places like these have such a neat feel to them.

defiant goddess said...

You're very fortunate to be able to do this type of exploring. :D

Simply Coll said...

The blacksmith shop looks so intriguing. I love wondering through old establishments.

Valerie - Riding Solo said...

Wadering around havingd a good day with the mate and family, nice day!

Lisa said...

awesome pictures... "churched out".. heh