Rochester, MA--"Blacksmithing has become a red-hot hobby over the past several years, but for Conrad Bernier it began as a very practical interest. As the oldest of four boys growing up on a farm in Dartmouth, Bernier said, “It always seemed to be my job to fix whatever my brothers broke.” A blacksmith often came to the family farm, which piqued Bernier’s interest in the craft. “I would ask him if I could swap my labor for blacksmithing instruction,” said Bernier. Known to most as Slim “because I was a tall drink of water,” he began weekly visits to the blacksmith’s shop in 1950. A few years later Bernier was drafted, and when he came back to Dartmouth two years later, the blacksmith had passed away." Excerpt from Sippican Week article featuring Conrad Bernier.