A stationary camera looks at a large anvil with a blacksmith behind it and one on either side. The smith in the middle draws a heated metal rod from the fire, places it on the anvil, and all three begin a rhythmic hammering. After several blows, the metal goes back in the fire. One smith pulls out a bottle of beer, and they each take a swig. Then, out comes the glowing metal and the hammering resumes.
Did You Know?
This along with William K.L. Dickson's Rip Van Winkle film series were the first films from the 19th century to be preserved at the National Film Registry. See more