The glow of the warm light reflected on his clear glasses as he pulled a red-hot horseshoe out of the forge, then moved it — fast so it wouldn’t cool — to an antique anvil.
“There’s something about those old anvils,” Mark Harris said. His anvil, made in Brooklyn in 1913, is tool steel on top and wrought iron on the bottom. Harris said this is one of the most important tools he uses in his work as a farrier.
“They don’t make them like this anymore.”
After hammering the metal into a custom horseshoe, Harris drops it into a bucket of water to cool off in his shop outside of Gooding on Wednesday.
This is Harris’ 33rd year of hammering out horseshoes.
“It’s kind of a lost art. They manufacture so many of the things you had to make yourself,” he said.