Going hammer and tongs inside George Rousis' blacksmithing studio
Outside a weathered house on Woodland Avenue, the clang of metal striking metal reverberates up and down your spine as you approach the front door. You wonder if the man inside will hear you knock. You look at the intricately sculpted iron handle, and the sounds make sense.
Beyond the door is the studio of George Rousis, metalsmith. The space is messy, a little ramshackle, but it is also a place where fine things are made. Some of his bronze, iron and copper statues are the size of a wedding ring. Others are as large as the entryway gates he fashioned for the Children's Garden at the Kansas City Community Garden.
In the bowels of his studio, Rousis could pass for a Vulcan working his forge: sturdy from years of swinging hammers, his beard full enough to be a fire hazard. He says wearing a kilt has cured his back pain, but he also needs to be able to move easily. He's forever dropping things, dashing from one spot in the studio to the next, his trade a business timed in swiftly passing seconds.
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- it's not uncommon to seek a quiet, peaceful existence… which is exactly what Dave Koenig did after calling it quits as a corporate executive. His search lead him to pick up a hammer, a pair of tongs, and don a rawhide apron to become a Blacksmith.
- Bilyeu works at a hot forge and uses tongs, hammers, a machine known as a power hammer and other tools to create his metal works. Variety is one thing he enjoys about his work. “I've been doing (blacksmithing) for more than 25 years and I've never made
- The birds supply a constant symphony of sound, some of it appealing, some of it not so much, accompanying the music of the blacksmith's hammer and tongs, and yes, the day begins with cocks crowing and dogs barking. The world captured here is a world of
Responses to Blacksmith Tongs
Jun 04, 2013
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Jun 04, 2013
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Jun 03, 2013
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