Toader Calciu

blacksmithery, shoeing horses, woodwork


He has been working as a blacksmith since he was 14 and he learned this craft from a relative on his mother’s side. He remembers that when he was a boy, after a day of hammering the iron he couldn’t even take the spoon to his mouth. Now he grew one with his craft. He makes everything from horseshoes, wain wheels, hinges, gates to tables and couches. As Mr. Toader says, necessity pushed him to learn also carpentry and so "when it leaves my workshop, the wain is complete with wood- and ironwork".

Toader has three sons and none of them wanted to become a blacksmith. "I tried to teach them, but they didn’t have the patience. It’s a difficult craft and unfortunately it is disappearing because young people today are not at all interested".