East Texas blacksmith creates metal pieces of art
- According to the 1901-02 college catalog, 'The Forge Shop has twenty-four forges and anvils, and necessary small tools, shears, blacksmith's drill, vises, swage-block, etc. A few forges are equipped with hand-blowers in addition to motor-driver power
- Whether it's the heat of summer or the middle of the night, he can head to his shop and work. In Fontenot's shop, at his Tyler home, sits a swage block and anvil, as well as a self-made hammer, among other things.
- Among his tools is a vise grip, which was actually invented in 1910 by a blacksmith who grew tired of dropping hot iron on his feet, Monsson said. When he wants to give a metal piece a specific curve, he can put a swage block on the anvil. A swage