Don Schultz first became interested in blacksmithing at Knott’s Berry Farm in California in 1986. There was a blacksmith there and that small glimpse created a lifelong hobby for Schultz, who began blacksmithing himself in 1990. He is now a member of the guild of metalsmiths, an organization out of the Twin Cities.
On Sunday, Sept. 9, Schultz and his grandson Chase, who is now learning the trade, were making a hatchet at the annual Andersons Rock Creek Relics Threshing Show. Schultz has attended 28 of the 29 years the show has been going on.
He now has his own forge at his home in Rock Creek but enjoys being able to share his trade with others at the threshing show.
They are just a few of the people who have a love for traditional skills and crafts and restoring and preserving the past that have made the threshing show a success year after year.
Robert Adamek was there with his restored 1938 McCormick Farmall Cub. Adamek said it took him 2 1/2 years to restore the Farmall. He has also built two tractors for his grandkids. All three of his tractors were in the Sunday tractor parade.
Mary Ordner and Kathy Olson represented the Piecemakers Guild of Rush City. This quilting group creates a quilt every year to be raffled off at the threshing show.
The Anderson family of Rock Creek has been collecting antiques and memorabilia recalling rural farming life of the past.
A one-room cabin on the property is restored to be a replica of the type of home the area’s first European settlers might have lived in over 120 years ago. There is a school room, a room displaying phones of the past and more.
Duane and Judy Anderson began collecting long before they started the show, which is held annually the weekend after Labor Day. Duane, now well into his 80s, still participates in demonstrations on the family’s working sawmill or with the many threshers. He and his family opened the tractor parade with one of the most unique tractors on site.
Amy Anderson, married to Duane and Judy’s son Dale, said the work for next season begins almost as soon as the previous one ends.
“It is an all-year effort,” she said with a big smile on her face.
She helped run the children’s crafts and face painting area.
Another hit is the corn maze. Duane plants the corn maze with one of his antique tractors. It will be open weekends Sept. 22-30 this year.
For more information, visit www.andersonsrockcreekrelics.com.