The Smithy

The Smithy by Paul Detlefsen

Isn’t it interesting how a person’s career defines not only him, but also his family? How many in the Amos family hold a nostalgic fascination for the Amish, simply because they’re part of our childhood? Or, as Joel wondered in last week’s comments, who remembers this painting entitled The Smithy, by Paul Detlefsen, and feels a kinship to the art of blacksmithing?

We feel these emotional tugs because a hundred years ago Arthur Amos, grandfather to the Amos boys, was a blacksmith for the Amish. They are our heritage as much as the man himself is.

Thankfully, I’ve come across a bit of a treasure trove on Arthur, considering we don’t have much information otherwise. Back in 1991, my son Jason also was intrigued by the Amish and blacksmithing (well, as intrigued as an 11-yr-old can be when his mother tells him he must write a 4-H report on family history during the middle of summer vacation). He chose to research and write about Arthur.

Here are portions of his report.


9 thoughts on “The Smithy

  1. What a great report Jason wrote!! As with every one of your blogs, Di, I learn something else about my family’s history. Thanks, Jason, for allowing your mom to share this with the rest of us!

  2. Wonderful story Jason! Thanks for sharing it with us….again, I learned some things I’d never heard before! And thanks Di for showing the Smithy picture….good to see it again!

    • Credit goes to Joel for the Smithy picture. He and Cindy were nice enough to take a photo and send it – it’s the family’s actual picture, not just one pulled off the internet! Thanks J&C!

  3. You got off easy on this entry huh Di — using Jason’s work from over 2 decades ago! Well done.
    I always associate The Smithy painting with having to behave while sitting in Grandpa & Grandma’s living room. What I really wanted to do was rummage around through the drawers in the bedroom and dining room. Find out what was in their basement.

    • I loved the clacker toy with the steel balls (Newton’s Cradle) in their living room. Also the wooden stacking people toy in the dresser in the back bedroom. Of course, the organ was pretty cool too!

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