Film ID: YFA 4115 Video of YFA_4115 New Shoes For Queeny 1980s NEW SHOES FOR QUEENY c.1983 Visitor TabsDescription Made by members of the Halifax Cine Club, this is a film that shows the process of replacing a shoe on a pony, first taking the old one off, making a new shoe, and finally fitting on the pony. E R Hardy presents - new shoes for Queenie Titles by Bill MacKenzie A boy jumps on a Pony to take it to get some new shoes. At the blacksmith's the narrator explains the hazards of the trade. The person putting the new shoe on, David, is a machine tool fitter who learned the trade form his father and has been changing horse shoes for thirty four years. The film shows the whole process of taking off the old shoe and making and fitting a new one, with an explanation of the process and of the different types of shoe. The shoe is re-worked several times, nailed on and filed. Afterwards the boy heads off on the pony. The End. Context A film of a skilled farrier at work, whose sometimes dangerous craft of shoeing horses is unchanged for aeons, and possibly for all time. This is a fine example of a dedicated amateur filmmaker bringing the work of a local craftsman to life for others to appreciate. Ernest Hardy of Halifax Cine Club show his fine camerawork filming in some detail a local blacksmith, David Kenworthy, plying his trade in replacing the shoes on a horse, here in the 1980s, in the traditional method that has lasted down many centuries. The enthusiastic members of Halifax Cine Club have been making films since their formation in 1938, and remain in existence, now as the Halifax Cine & Video Club. Blacksmiths date back at the very least to the iron age, which reached Britain in about 450 BCE, and reached in a peak during the early medieval economic expansion with the formation of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths in 1299, and the Worshipful Company of Farriers in 1356 – those who specialise in shoeing horses. With industrialisation and the decline of working horses, blacksmiths are few and far between, but the methods of shoeing horses hasn’t changed in centuries, and it is illegal to practice farriery work unless registered as a farrier.