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Ron Ginder, 69, of Tri-Cities, heats a piece of high carbon steel that he will bend into a horseshoe while giving a demonstration Sunday at Whitman Mission National Historic Site. Ginder uses an 80-pound Peter Wright anvil from England that is more than 100 years old. His coal tray is equipped with a crank bellows and is also over a century old. Coal is his source of fuel, which he has to purchase from a specialty supplier in Portland.

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Echoes of the past

A blacksmithing demonstration at Whitman Mission recaptures an old-time craft.

WALLA WALLA -- More than halfway through its summer events schedule, things got all fired up this weekend as the annual blacksmith demonstration hammered away at the Whitman Mission National Historic Site.

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