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Lee Samuelson of Holdrege, Neb., works on a blacksmithing project at Husker Harvest Days,
HOT JOB: Lee Samuelson of Holdrege, Neb., works on a blacksmithing project at Husker Harvest Days, near the antique tractor and implement displays.

Blacksmithing techniques on display

Lee Samuelson of Holdrege, Neb., enjoys demonstrating the craft for Husker Harvest Days visitors.

Antique tractors and implements are a mainstay at Husker Harvest Days, along with everything new and shiny. Visitors to HHD can view the antique machinery along South Shuttle Road on their way to the main exhibit field, where the latest and greatest in technology is on display.

If you have visited the antique displays in recent years, you probably have met Lee Samuelson of Holdrege, Neb., who has been showing off his blacksmithing skills at HHD.

“I got started back in 2009 when my son got into it and made a little horseshoe for a 4-H project,” Samuelson says. “After that, it became a nice hobby. I make mostly horseshoes and anything else we can use around a camp.” He even makes hat racks out of the horseshoes.

Samuelson now gets plenty of practice, showing folks how metal was manufactured into useful items for the farm decades ago. He attends threshing shows and HHD every year, setting up for the shows with a hand-crank forge, hot coals, and a hammer and anvil.

If you stop by the antique tractor and implement display area at HHD, you most likely will find Samuelson working on his next project and explaining how he became skilled in the craft.

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