“Coal is in my blood,” says Tony Fenn, owner of Fish N Chips Foundry and local organizer for a budding group of practicing blacksmiths that meets once a month to trade tips, share work and collaborate on joint projects. The latest? Constructing six homemade and mobile coal forges that the group can truck from location to location for spontaneous smithing and public displays of metalworking—and opportunities for families to come together and try their hand at forging a special bond together. Created from old smokers and shaped steel—and based off Fenn’s design—these blacksmiths use their forges to create everything from hardware and tools, like nails and tongs, to elaborate artistic creations, such as octopus sculptures. Retired firemen, ex-military, each comes for their own reason—some find it therapeutic, others just find it fun—but all find satisfaction in the old ways and the flames. “Why reinvent the wheel?” asks Trez Cole, master blacksmith and de facto leader of the bunch. “This all started with two rocks and a hammer.”