Blacksmith demosAugust 6th and November 5th, 2022, 10am-2pm. Free to the public.
Blacksmithing and Wheel-setting
Demonstrations with Tom Nelson
Visit the Cherokee Strip Museum in Perry on May 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a special Blacksmithing Demonstration in the art of wheel setting. In addition to activities held in the blacksmith shop, the museum's resident blacksmith, Tom Nelson, will be demonstrating the advanced art of setting of a wagon wheel and a buggy wheel. The wheel setting demonstrations will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The wheelwright's craft goes back thousands of years, and was essential in a age of wagon use. They were skilled in the art of building and repairing wooden wheels. There are many steps in the construction of heavy wheels, including the finishing touch of adding a metal ring or "tire" to tighten the wheel and ensure its stability. The metal piece is added when it is heated, so as it cools and shrinks, the spokes tighten, and the wooden joints of the wheel come together.
This educational event is free to attend, but donations are appreciated.
Family Day at the Museum
August 6, 2022, the museum will have a family day! We will have Gunfighters, a Rope Maker, Dutch Oven Cooking, Cake walks, apple peeling, sack races, mini Rose Hill School sessions, banjo music and more!
This event will be from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. The event is free and will be fun for all ages!
Bud Jirous Exhibit
This exhibit features one of Perry's own, Bud Jirous, his family and his long time association with the Sonic Co.