Wednesday, June 6, 2007

A Working Man


With all of the equine workers in Egypt, blacksmiths are still an important part of our lives. You will see a man set up in a quiet nook in Nazlit Semman shoeing the poor pyramids horses and the donkeys that pull the carts, or at a village market the farmers will stop by to have their donkeys trimmed. Not all of our smiths are well-trained unfortunately, since the last outside influence over training left with the British in the 50's. My farrier, for example, was trained by a local farrier who had been British trained, but his mentor only trained him when Yassin realised that he was going blind. Since then a number of us have arranged training for Omar with visiting farriers and vets, bought him good tools and so on, and we have an excellent farrier now.

3 comments:

RamblingRound said...

Interesting about the farriers there. We had a blacksmith shop when I was a child, and it was always fun to go watch him work.

Faye Pekas said...

Hi, I just clicked in from another blog but I don't remember which one. I'm glad I did because you have some interesting posts here and this is the first time I've been to Egypt :) I will return.

Faye Pekas said...

Oh, and I love the perspective of this shot.