‘Auf der Walz’ – The Journeymen

Here’s an update on two young journeymen blacksmiths on their travels around Ireland that I reblogged about last July. Wait till you see the fabulous gates they made in West Cork.

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I am always happy to find longstanding customs and traditions still going strong, especially when they are as relevant today as they have been over countless generations. This summer we chanced upon two strangers from Germany who passed through Ballydehob. They were journeymen blacksmiths: lads who had completed their apprenticeships at home and were now ‘Auf der Walz’ (on the road) – gaining experience in the wider world.


Here are the two Journeymen who travelled the west of Ireland’captured’ by photographer Inese MJ – she came across them in her local supermarket! I am very grateful to Inese for allowing me to use her excellent photograph which comes from her own blog, here.

The tradition of the Journeyman Brotherhood is centuries old, originating in the Craftsmen Guilds of Europe during the Middle Ages and it is still practiced. In the past every young craftsperson who aspired to be a Master was, following…

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Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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14 Responses to ‘Auf der Walz’ – The Journeymen

  1. cindy knoke says:

    Fascinating & marvelous!

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  2. sjhigbee says:

    I’m glad to hear your two journeymen are still thriving… Thank you for sharing Jean.

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  3. Jay says:

    Oh, very glad to catch up with them.

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  4. inesephoto says:

    I am so happy they found the job and didn’t have to sleep outdoors. Hope the rest of their journey is safe and fulfilling.

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  5. Very interesting post! Thanks for sharing it 🙂

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Very interesting post! Thanks for sharing it 🙂 There is a fire ceremony here for the last few years that I know of and some blacksmith come out and demonstrate their craft. Really impressive stuff, real artisans they are!

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