Craft History: Metalworking


Blacksmithing, or metalry, while scattered around North Carolina, is most well-known through the Boone family in the mountains. The four brothers, descendants of Daniel Boone, worked as blacksmiths in the mountains near Burnsville, NC. As automobiles started becoming the predominant method of transportation, blacksmiths such as the Boones made fewer horseshoes and wagon repairs. However, they had the benefit of being able to repair some of the metal components on the early cars. Many, including the Boones, began the creative art of wrought iron work, making iron objects for everyday household use.

Native Americans also forged their own spears out of iron or whatever metals were available. From the simple to the intricate, they turned the practical application of metalwork into a decorative art form.

Eaton, Allen H. Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1937.