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Sennett event shows participants how to make their own tools

The sound of hammers bashing against metal was the soundtrack of a toolmaking event in Sennett Saturday.

The event, hosted by the Western New York Farrier’s Association, was taught by Riley Kirkpatrick, who flew in from Oregon. Kirkpatrick showed participants how to make their own equipment. The association consists of people who make horseshoes, and many of the participants were association members. The event was held in a barn owned by Claire Affleck, the girlfriend of association member Matt Rice.

Kirkpatrick, who makes horseshoes by trade, began creating tools five years ago when he was “young and broke,” and starting his own business. He thought the high-quality tools he needed were too expensive to buy, so he created his own.

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