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Blacksmith brandishes tools of the trade in working forge

POSTED: May 22, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Reshoeing a horse or shaping iron into a useful tool was the work of a blacksmith.

Visitors to the Sautee Nacoochee Center and the Folk Pottery Museum can watch a real blacksmith at work in the newest heritage attraction — a forge and blacksmith shop.

The center is debuting its addition Saturday, May 24, as the Sautee Nacoochee Volunteer Fire Department celebrates its annual Pig Out barbecue on the museum grounds.

“The blacksmith forge and shop are adjacent to the restored 1850 slave cabin on the grounds, and visitors will hear the anvil ringing with the sound of local smithing demonstrators while they are enjoying the barbecue feast,” Folk Pottery Museum Director Chris Brooks said.

Organizers will auction off the blacksmith-made items during the day to raise funds for the coal and steel needed to operate the forge and shop. Tim Ryan of Brasstown, N.C., will be the guest auctioneer.

“Tim is also a professional blacksmith, landscape architect and an instructor at the John C. Campbell Folk Art School,” Brooks said.

The blacksmithing tools for the new shop are a legacy from Tom Lumsden, acquired from the Ethridge family, who operated a blacksmith shop in Barrow County in the early 20th century.

“We intend to share the stories of people who settled in the Sautee and Nacoochee valleys by demonstrating the skills necessary to survive in this environment,” Brooks said.

Admission will be free to all areas Saturday. Visit for information.


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