Ever since the ancient time, Blacksmiths have live on creating tools and utensils from wrought iron or steel by forcing the metal, using tools to hammer, bend and cut. A blacksmith often reminds us of a shabby shed where a large furnace is placed in the center, the box bellows blowing on the fire in the furnace. Blacksmith’s hammer goes cling clang to forge square iron into a rod or a thick rod into a thin one.
There are some blacksmith tribes in the suburbs of Bengbu City. They appeared over 20 years ago when many out-of-town blacksmiths moved to settle in suburbs of the city. They witness the rapid development of the city and the rising of high buildings around, but their smithies remain shabby. With the advancement of science and technology and the blooming of industrialization, they will fade into history.
Xu Qizhu, a 69-year-old blacksmith from Chaohu, is the oldest one in the tribe.
In dog days, blacksmiths still bear the heat from the burning fire to work hard.
Blacksmith’s hammer goes cling clang to forge square iron into a rod or a thick rod into a thin one.