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Hammer In forges ahead in Grand Detour

Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
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Stuart Corsa of Rockford shapes a longbow Saturday morning during a demonstration of the craft at Hammer In at the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour.
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Steven Stukenberg of Harvard puts a twist in a piece of iron Saturday morning.
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Gary Blankenheim of Horicon, Wisconsin, hammers on a piece of iron Saturday morning during Hammer In, a bi-annual event at the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour. Blankenheim's grandfather was a blacksmith for John Deere at its plant in Horicon.
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Lewis Bodamer of Princeton heats up a sword ring Saturday afternoon at Hammer In. Youngsters asked Bodamer to make swords, and he obliged, but turned them into rings, "so they wouldn't poke each other."
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Steven Stukenberg of Harvard heats up a piece of iron in order to smith it into a ladel handle. Stukenberg was showing off his skills at Hammer In at the John Deere Historic SIte in Grand Detour.
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Paul Novorolsky of Elburn shapes a shovel Saturday morning at the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour. The site held its bi-annual Hammer-in event, a gathering of blacksmiths.
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Steven Stukenberg of Harvard shows a smithed piece of iron to Brandon Block, 8, and grandmother Judy Jellerichs during a demonstration of blacksmithing Saturday at Hammer-In at the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour.

Stuart Corsa of Rockford shapes a longbow Saturday morning during a demonstration of the craft at Hammer In at the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour.

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