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Made in Acadiana: The tit-fer

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LAFAYETTE, La. -

Walking through Vermilionville, you might hear a beat in the air. Hammering.

It's coming from the forge, where Jay Steiner, The Bayou Blacksmith, is at work on an instrument that will beat life into fais do-do's and Cajun jams. 

"One of the things I love making the most is what we call tit-fers, which are a musical triangle that we use in Cajun music," said Steiner. 

Steiner started at Vermilionville six years ago as a tour guide, but was intrigued by the work being done in the forge. 

"So I started working back here, mostly self-taught, but I picked up a few little bits of advice from a few other metal workers that I know around town."

What started as a hobby turned into a business, largely spread through word of mouth.

"Joel Savoy, he was on tour and he was out west and he turned a lot of people on--they wanted to know 'where can I get a triangle?'"

That lead to an Etsy page and the Bayou Blacksmith brand was born. Over the years, Steiner says he's made hundreds of 't-fers' both big and small, and found a market for his Cajun craft outside Acadiana.

"It's really great when I had my first one go international," said Steiner. "It was just up to Canada, just over the border, but it felt cool!" 

So next time you're at Vermilionville, listen for the churning of a crank fanning air over a hot coal fire, and the hammering of hot metal, as an instrument literally takes shape. 

An age-old process to craft an instrument that will be making music for years to come. 

The tit-fer- Made in Acadiana. 

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