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Mending a mower in Sorbie



Blacksmiths mending a mower, Sorbie. Dr Werner Kissling, 1958.

These two blacksmiths from Sorbie were brothers. In this photograph they are crouching down, repairing a farmer's mower. As demand for traditional skills lessened, blacksmiths used their skills for a range of new jobs.


Although the introduction of tractors reduced the work required of blacksmiths, this tractor-driven mower required their skills to repair it.


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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PP/KISSLING COLLECTION, blacksmithing/12
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Dumfries & Galloway Council