The Forge Knocker
Altername Names - This toy may also be the one known as "Hammer Smith". We have yet to confirm that for certain.
This is a perfect example of an early North American folk toy creation. These hammering blacksmiths will go back and forth endlessly, effortlessly and enthusiastically for many years to come.
A 19th Century Russian Bear and Smith Toy
Photo from "A History of Toys" by Antonia Fraser
Click Here to see a video demonstrating the Forge Knocker. Just squeeze rock the blacksmiths back and forth to see them work
To watch Faire Tyme Demonstration videos. Each browser and windows program will be different, so please adapt these instructions to your computer.
Fire Fox - Double Click on the Video Link (the word "Here"). If it does not load automatically, click "Browse" and when programs screen loads, select the video program. Click on one of those programs and in a few seconds you will go back to the browse screen with the program now Highlighted. Click ok. When player loads, click the start arrow if it does not start automatically.
Internet Explorer - Click on video. If it does not play automatically, click save and scroll through files to save to your desktop. Then, go to your desktop - the screen you see when you turn on your computer. LEFT click on the file and it will probably play. If it does not, then RIGHT click on the file and then click "Open With", and on next screen click "choose Program". Click on Quick time, or if you do not have it try Real Time Player or Windows Media Player, which ever works. After looking at the video, go to your desk top and RIGHT click on the file and click delete and the file will be gone
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