During the late 1950's I developed an interest in blacksmithing and a retired agriculture teacher gave me a forge. For the next couple of years I burnt and attempted to bang out a few parts but with the art of blacksmithing almost dead and no source for training, the interest waned.
A few years ago I discovered the John C. Campbell Folk School and my interest in blacksmithing became a passion. My goal is to achieve the look of vintage ironwork produced in the early 1900's.
To achieve this vintage look, rivets, collars, hot splitting and other traditional techniques are used in conjunction with modern techniques.
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