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Blacksmith using water powered machinery

Blacksmith Carlo Galgani – almost the last blacksmith in this area using water powered machinery - Antica Ferriera, Valpedogna,Tuscany, Italy

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The blacksmith, Carlo Galgani is almost the last representative of a dynasty that has been working with hot metal for over five centuries.

His workshop, also called “distendino” because it “stretches” the red-hot iron is at Piè Lucese in the comune of Pescaglia and is probably the very last distendino left with all of its machinery powered by wate
Carlo is still working a 12 hour day starting at 7 am but he is now no longer working on his own as his nephew has joined him and is keeping the family tradition alive.

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