There’s a famous blacksmith in Saline, and he’s willing to teach you the basics of the profession

Check out the article I wrote last week after interviewing Saline-based blacksmith Chad Smith.

Chad’s a great guy and extremely enthusiastic about his profession. He works half of each year as a blacksmith and farrier on Mackinac Island, and spends the other six months annually fashioning and selling bladed weapons of all varieties, as well as decorative pieces.

Chad was a fan favorite on season two of the History Channel’s “Forged in Fire,” so much so that he was recently asked back to film another episode that will be airing very soon.

As they say, watch your local listings…

A trip to the thumb

I took a trip around Lake Huron and Michigan’s thumb over the weekend with my wife and daughter. There’s a road, 25, which follows the water almost the entire way. Stunning.

The whole reason I wanted to go was to find a Petoskey Stone, and I was successful with the little guy pictured.

My daughter fell in love with the beach at Albert E. Sleeper State Park and the fossil hunting was prime. Nothing like a 350 million-year-old Devonian relic to put things in perspective.

Also, the lake perch at Walt’s in Caseville is fantastic.

Saline gets mysterious in your next springtime read

I interviewed local author Steve Hagood a couple of years ago about his debut novel, “Chasing the Woodstock Baby.”

It will feel very familiar to anyone who lives in the City of Saline or who comes here regularly, as the location is actually a significant character in its own right.

From my synopsis in the article, the book “tells the tale of a retired Detroit police officer aptly named Chase. The ex-cop agrees to track down a woman’s long-lost daughter who she gave birth to at the Woodstock music festival in New York in 1969 and then never saw again. After establishing several leads, Chase finds himself about an hour west of Detroit in the idyllic small town of Saline, where he quickly learns things aren’t as tranquil as they seem.”

There are still copies for sale around town at places like Carrigan Cafe, and maybe one day you’ll see Steve out and about and you can snag an autograph from him.

Original article in The Saline Post