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Black Iron Days Festival Kicks Off In Grayling

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A blacksmith hammering a hot metal rod to shape it. (istockphoto)

A blacksmith hammering a hot metal rod to shape it. (istockphoto)

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GRAYLING (WWJ) – What’s billed as Michigan’s largest annual gathering of blacksmiths is turning back the clock this weekend near Grayling … in Michigan upper lower peninsula.

The two-day Black Iron Days Festival at Hartwick Pines State Park kicked off Saturday with more than 50 craftsmen and women … demonstrating their trade.

The event recreates a historic sawmill, and features woodworkers, weavers and wool spinners reminiscent of Michigan’s white pine logging era of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The event is free but a state Recreation Passport is required for vehicles coming into the park.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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