Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Oktoberfest and German Heritage

This Saturday, the area that is known as the southside of Jefferson City, will celebrate Old Munichburg Oktoberfest. This area was established in the 1800's, mainly by German emigrants.

When the blacksmith was asked to participate, little did they know that he had ties to the area.

The Sunday News Tribune paper ran an article July 1934 about a house in the area. Here is an excerpt from that paper:

In 1850 John and Margaretta Asel bought an acre of land to built their log house. They had two sons to fill the house. Three more sons and three daughters would later fill this small home. The house was located only a short distance away from a group of Indians. Mrs. Asel at first was very terrified of them. Later they would become not only her friends but her customers. As many as thirty loaves a day were drawn from her huge oven in the side yard, to be replaced by as many pies. All of which found a ready market.

Great piles of logs, salvaged from Missouri River driftwood, supplied the fuel for this oven and for the little log smokehouse now resting in a corner of the flower-filled yard and wearing a modern coat of cement. A great ice house, forty feet square and holding many tons of ice cut from the river during the winters months, also was built upon the premises and was a great factor in the success of their business. A never failing deep wall, in times of drouth, refreshed the throats of the Indian Camp, and citizens came with their buckets from far and near. A dry cistern was used as a storage room for the valuables of many residents during the Civil War. As the bounds of the Asel property widened, much of the butchering , curing and cooking of meat was done on the place.

Margaretta, with the aid of John after market hours, was said to have made a thousand dollars selling fried sausage to the soldiers. Many sandwiches of home-made bread, pig ears and pig snoots were handed out to neighborhood boys who stood with watering mouths.

The little house does not now belong to a member of the Asel family having been rented several years ago and later sold to Anton Monat
(the Blacksmith's great uncle).
And if no member of the Asel family longer cared to live in the little log house, no more fitting family could have been found to occupy it.

Seated at a shining walnut table in the center of the front room, when the writer approached the open door, was Anton's father, Peter Monat, playing solitaire. In the middle of the table was a vase of lavender, hardy sweet peas. Peter Monat understands and speaks no English, and so his son, Fritz, came from a painting job across the street to act as host. Peter Monat's wife died two years ago. An enlarged kodak picture of her standing among her flowers and shrubs was near him upon a dresser. Sacred pictures upon the walls bespoke the religion of this family and a furled flag of the United States standing in the corner of the tiny stairway landing attested their loyalty to the land of their adoption. Peter Monat and his sons were born in Germany. Since the mother's death Fritz has been the housekeeper. Shining floors, spotless furniture and crisp curtains evidence his ability and his efforts. Even the kitchen cupboard, with its rows of sparking glass and glossy china, was in perfect order when he opened the doors to show us a cup brought from Meiderich, Germany, bearing his father's name and his title of Reviser in the Artsverein.

Outside, along the porch railing, and all about the house were well-attended plants and shrubs. Could the little pioneer home built by a young German immigrant nearly a century ago, have fallen into better hands?

This was the home at the corner of Ashley and Madison Street. Unfortunately it is no longer there. In the early seventies it was torn down. A concrete parking lot covers the area now.

This is Anton and Fritz, the two brothers that occupied the house.

Great Grandparents Peter and Anna Nauerman Monat.

Saturday we will proudly display the above pictures to show our German heritage.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Fresh made daily

Boot scraper

Pot Rack

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Old Munichburg Oktoberfest is coming

Oktoberfest is September 25, 2010 on the south side of Jefferson City.
One of the old crafts being demonstrated will be blacksmithing.
Osage Bluff Blacksmith will be there!

Old Munichburg is Jefferson City, Missouri’s historic “South Side” neighborhood, and it’s well worth a visit! You’ll find first-class shopping, fine dining, lodging, and a big dose of German American hospitality!

Dating back to the nineteenth century, Old Munichburg is located within easy walking distance of the Missouri State Capitol and downtown Jefferson City—but once, it was connected to Jefferson City by a single bridge over Wears Creek. Settled by German immigrants escaping their homeland’s economic and political upheavals, the neighborhood was soon filled with unique brick homes, businesses, and churches.

Many of the early immigrants had come from the town of Münchberg, in Bavaria, and referred to their new home as “Münchberg” as well. Other Jefferson Citians overheard this term and misunderstood it as “Munichburg”—and the name stuck!

By the turn of the century, Munichburg had become a self-supporting community with its own fire department, inns, schools, and churches, its own dry goods, furniture, clothing hardware, and grocery stores—even its own brewery!

Old Munichburg offered the newly arrived German immigrant a place where he could learn American customs and practice his English among other Germans, become a proud citizen of the United States, and also know his children would grow up with an appreciation for their German heritage.

There will be gigs like this for sale.

Or a gnome on the range recipe holder.

Or a black snake. (Pun intended)


Or a beautiful hand forged fireplace set.

Pot racks and many other items will also be available.
We hope to see you there!!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

July 10th and 11th Be there or be square

If you come on Saturday or Sunday you will see the blacksmith hard at work.

There will be all kinds of hand forged items for sale

You will see many antique tractors.

You will see horse drawn wagons, with farmers loading wheat shocks.

and so much more

You all come!

Schott Road, Jefferson City Missouri
July 11th and 12th
From Highway 50 East of Jefferson city take Schott Road exit at the new Wal-mart store. Take the first exit on the round about. Travel about 1/4 mile, gravel road is on the left.
(No concessions, bring your own)

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Gigs for sale

$80.00 plus tax and shipping.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A two beer day

Now how many beers will it take to get a finish applied to the items?

Sunday, May 2, 2010

BAM Conference 2010

BAM Conference 2010 was once again held at the Missouri state fairground site.
Table by George Rousis in the gallery.

Guitar stand in the gallery.

Copper wall sconces in the gallery, made by Don Neuenschwander

Grill work by Clay Spencer.

BAM trunk 2010 made by Pat McCarty. Sold at auction for almost a $1000.

George Rousis.

Doug Merkel.

Clay Spencer.

Bob Ehrenberger.

David Smith.

Al Dippold, knife maker.

Walt Hull.

Damascus Calipers made by Guy McConnell.

Damascus candle stick by Guy McConnell, sold at auction.

BAM logo by Jeff Lee, sold at auction.

Coffee table made by Thomas Ratcliff. He's willing to sell it too!

Sign bracket by Jerry Hoffman, sold at the auction.

Sun dial made by Chris Miller, sold at the auction.

Joe Hurley trying to make a sale at the auction.
Auctioneer Tim Ryan standing by.
Hammer by John Murray.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Fresh made daily take 4

Nicole at Missouri Gal asked the blacksmith to make a
custom pry bar
for her rock collecting hobby.
Here it is!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

BAM March 2010 meeting

The Blacksmiths of Missouri meeting was held at President Ken Jansen's shop in Moscow mills.

The trade item was anything that rings.

Hammer and ringer made by Ed Harper.

Pat McCarty's jingle bell.

Kent Harbit's school bell. It rang beautifully!

Steve McCarthy's work.

Osage Bluffs cow bell.

Don N's bell. Sorry Don, I can't see your last name.

This one was really cool, but I didn't see who had made it.

Chris's dinner ringer.

Mike McLaughlin's bell.

John Murray making a ladle.

Ed, Bob, Harry, and Bernie, doing what blacksmith's do best.