A visit to living history in a Greenport, NY barn reveals that “blacksmithing is still alive and well,” according to Tom Barry, Village Blacksmith. “There is no threat to blacksmithing,” he said.
On weekends in the historic maritime whaling port you can find Barry “smithing” over a hot anthracite coal fire in the Front Street barn from which he works on weekends. That barn, from East Marion, was moved to the site of the original blacksmith barn in view of Greenport’s marina.
Barry often hears visitors making an inaccurate claim that his is a lost art.
“We don’t exist in this form,” he says–referring to the living museum from which he works–“where you walk around the village and might see two or three blacksmith shops working all day. Now, we’re just farriers who drive to the barns who shoe the horses; toolmakers who work out of buildings in their backyards, and professional blacksmiths who have hybrid shops doing forging and welding, all doing beautiful architectural work. These businesses are all over.” –Miranda Gatewood
It sounds like an overstatement until you arrive at Orient Point, Long Island, the breath-taking north-easternmost part of Southern New York. Orient Point is the last stop of the four-part Fall Outdoor Photo Trek class I teach. We’ll be touring the end of Long Island’s North Fork with its view of Plum Island and two lighthouses–the Plum Island Light built in 1869 and it’s fellow guardian across Plum Gut, the 1899-built Orient Point Light, a spark plug-style lighthouse affectionately called the Coffeepot Lighthouse. Sign up for more Outdoor Photo Treks, including Fall Foliage ones at East End Arts.
September 7th’s Photo Safari–thanks to the North Shore Public Library in Shoreham–toured Peconic’s Catapano Dairy Farm, famous for goats, their milk and all manner of goat milk products, as well as 8 Hands Farm, a working farm in Cutchogue. Those eight hands belong to mom, dad, sis and 15-year-old Max, who showed us around. Lastly, we climbed to the top of Horton Point Lighthouse in Southold and got a green-fresnel-lens-view of the Long Island Sound.
It’s a maze only in name; not the kind of maze that will challenge your escape. This Mattituck, Long Island seasonal feature is the first stop for a new group of Fall Outdoor Photo Trekkers, a 4-part photography workshop that I conduct through East End Arts, Riverhead, NY. Learn more at East End Arts.
And, if you did forget how to get back to your car amid a sea of golden sunny faces all pointing the way, it’s because you were so enamored with the view, as were all who frolicked with you. Don’t worry; there are plenty of bags of North Fork Potato Chips for sale if you fear being marooned.