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Heating a horse shoe in Sorbie smithy



Blacksmith heating a horse shoe, Sorbie. Dr Werner Kissling, 1958.


This photograph shows one of the blacksmiths at Sorbie heating a horse shoe at his forge with a pair of tongs. Although there was less demand for horse-shoeing by the time this photograph was taken, it was still required.


The pre-made shoes had to be shaped and fitted correctly to the horse's measurements. In this photograph, measurements can be seen written on a blackboard above the forge.


Dr Werner Kissling (1895-1988) was a German photographer and ethnographer who spent most of his life documenting Scottish crafts, architecture, and agricultural practices. He was associated with Dumfries Museum from the mid-1950s until his death in 1988.

Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
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LS/KISSLING COLLECTION, blacksmithing/13
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Dumfries & Galloway Council