It’s one thing to tell students that the ancient Hittites were among the first to make weapons out of iron. But Michael Broyles, Macomb history professor, will now be able to describe to them how the flames lick at your hands as you hammer away at a piece of white hot iron before it erupts into a multi-colored sparkler.
Funded by a Macomb Faculty Enhancement Grant, Broyles spent his summer working at the Chesterfield Historical Society’s historic village on Sugarbush Road in Chesterfield Township.
His time was divided between archiving artifacts that have been donated to the society and working in the village’s blacksmith shop, where he forged iron into spears as the Hittites once did.
“I’m having a great time,” says Broyles this summer. “I’ll be hammering at a piece of iron and all of a sudden, it’s like, ‘What do you mean it’s time to go home?’”