Local blacksmith sets up shop during Saturday’s art walk


GALION — Participants in the The Art Walk in uptowne Galion on Saturday evening may have gotten a little wet.

But there was one hot artist doing his stuff if they got their to see him.

The Art Walk included local blacksmith Bryden Kinniard, who had his furnace and anvil set up in front The Copper Horse Antiques, 127 Harding Way East,

Kinniard is the neighbor of Copper Horse owners Terry and Renee McMillen. He says he does the blacksmith work just as a hobby. He makes items from steel and other metals via his furnace, a hammer he made himself and a 250-pound anvil he brought uptown with him.

He drew a steady crowd of onlookers as he worked on some cattails, by heating metal to a temperature of about 1900 degrees and pounding on it atop his anvil with his hammer.

The process continued over and over until he ended up with the product he wanted.

The Art Walks begin at the Brush & Pallette Art Gallery in the alley at 114 Harding Way East. There you can pick up a map listing the other Galion businesses taking part in the Art Walk. Get your map stamped at each site, return the map, and you’ll be in a drawing for a prize.

The McMillens invited Kinniard to set up shop on the sidewalk in front of their store to “show people that we really do have a downtown and that there are things to do.”

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By Russ Kent

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