Matthew Waldrop: A modern-day blacksmith in Flat Rock

  1. It's old school technique with hammer and anvil and a swage block. I weld to get the shape and a torch to tweak the fins and give it more life. “It's a long process, especially the first one. All the fish on the gate are variations. Some like the perch
  2. FLAT ROCK – Hundreds of Americans and Canadians pulled small, perhaps mysteriously heavy gifts from under the tree or out of their stockings Christmas morning. Hidden within their presents' wrappings they found objects of steel forged by blacksmiths 
  3. 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

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