The Upsetting Machine

Upon first laying eyes on 'The Upsetting Machine' my immediate thought was 'Upsetting, why? What's wrong with it?'

Realising that there was nothing in the least 'upsetting' about it my next thought was that perhaps this machine was used to 'upset' other people. You know, if you have someone who needs to be upset (perhaps they're way too happy?) then this is the machine that will do the job. Take that smiley, happy person!

'The Upsetting Machine' can be found at the Blacksmith Shop in the main street of Angaston, South Australia. Despite its curious name it isn't used for upsetting anything other than metal rims that blacksmiths of days gone by fit around the wooden wheels of your old style carriage wheels.

The Blacksmith's Shop is well worth a visit (and is free unless you choose to make a voluntary donation). There is much to see from the by gone days including an early example of a local butcher's meat truck and a working engine that is used to operate many tools of the blacksmith trade. You can even watch real blacksmith's at work with one young apprentice learning to make medieval swords.

You certainly won't be upset by the upsetting machine (or any other machine for that matter) but I can't promise the same for the screeching of the shops pet cockatoo when he decides he has something to say... loudly!

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