Monthly Archives: September 2017

Trip to Cranston street Armory in Providence RI

I have a big list of castles in America that I want to visit. I have already done some of them. This one is not too far away being in Providence RI. It is a very big armory. And it is currently not being used. It needs to be renovated and that is going to be expensive.

The Cranston Street Armory

It was built in 1907 and it has been used continually until recently, mostly by various military units like Military Police , Coast Guard and National guard.

There are two things about this Fortress that make it stand out. First off it is enormous. Very big for an armory. If I remember correctly the main area in the middle ( a large hall) is over 2 acres in size. One of the pictures here shows what appears to be two structures, one on the left and one on the right. But those are just the towers on each end. The trees block our view of the center of the structure.

The second remarkable thing about this Fortress is the beautiful yellow/orange stonework. It is remarkable.

You can see more pictures of this fortress on my website here: The Cranston Street Armory

 

Taking Blacksmithing Classes

Not too far from where I live there is a historical society that has a whole lot of amazing stuff including a real blacksmithing shop. It was a functional shop in days gone by. And it is still functional although now it is used as a part of the historical society. And it is used for classes.

I am taking Saturday Morning classes there and I have already learned so much. They have a lot of resources including a permanent forge and portable forges.  And a whole lot of great blacksmithing tools. The place is great.

I will keep you updated on what is happening there and I will post more pictures of the shop and the various stuff they have. If you are into blacksmithing you are going to love this stuff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One thing that I really love about what has been happening lately is that Blacksmithing has made a big comeback. It is an art that almost died out. But it is back. Not so much as a needed craft but just as a wonderful hobby that a lot of people are interested in pursuing.