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James Warren Blacksmith Shop
Forge.jpgThe Chichester Historical Society is proud to have acquired and put on display some of the tools used by James Warren and his father in the blacksmith's shop located on his property.

At left is the original forge from the shop. Also visible in the forge is some leftover coal from many years ago.

Here is a picture of the hand pumped blowing mechanism that provided air to the top of the forge. This air would cause the coal to burn hot enough to soften metals for pounding into shape.


Next to the forge is the anvil on top of its original wooden block and surrounded by tools of the trade fastened to the block with leather straps.

On the wooden backdrop (the boards for this wall are from a barn at the Edmunds Homestead that has since fallen down) are a few of the tools used with the forge. It is our guess that some of these tools were made in the shop.

The shop also served as a boot shop and displayed here is a metal boot form.


A large wooden hammer rests on a shelf and probably was used by the Warrens to pound leather into shape to make shoes.


Also found in the Warren Shop is this slant top desk. Inside, an odd collection of "things".

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