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Brevard in Transylvania County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Blacksmith

Keeping horses and equipment in top shape

 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, June 18, 2011
1. Blacksmith Marker
Inscription. The clang of a hammer on iron and the acrid scent of coal smoke were commonplace at the Biltmore Forest School. Two blacksmiths, each with their own business 14 miles away in Brevard, took turns working here. Not only did the horses require shoes regularly, iron-working skills were needed to keep wagons on the road and logging equipment in working order.

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Wooden wagon wheels would shrink with age and weather leaving the iron tires loose. The blacksmith heated a section of the “tire” in the forge until the metal was soft. He then clamped it in this device and forced the metal together just enough to once again fit snugly on the wheel. The tire was then reheated, replaced on the wheel and ‘quenched’ or cooled quickly to shrink it onto the wheel before it could burn the wood.
 
Location. 35° 21.145′ N, 82° 46.831′ W. Marker is in Brevard, North Carolina, in Transylvania County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 276 0.4 miles south of Yellow Gap Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pisgah Forest NC 28768, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Schenck's Office (a few steps from this marker in North carolina); Ranger's Dwelling (within shouting
Blacksmith Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, June 18, 2011
2. Blacksmith Marker
distance of this marker); Rock House Creek Lodge (within shouting distance of this marker); Commissary (within shouting distance of this marker); Hell Hole (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wash Place (about 400 feet away); Draw Road (about 500 feet away); Biltmore Forest School (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brevard.
 
Categories. Horticulture & Forestry
 
Blacksmith Shop image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, June 18, 2011
3. Blacksmith Shop
Steel Rim Tightener image. Click for full size.
By Jack Gipson, July 20, 2011
4. Steel Rim Tightener
This piece of equipment was used to tighten the steel rim on wooden wheels.
Blacksmith Forge image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, June 18, 2011
5. Blacksmith Forge
Blacksmith Anvil image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, June 18, 2011
6. Blacksmith Anvil
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By William Henry Myers III, October 18, 2013
7. Blacksmith Shop
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2011, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 533 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 26, 2011, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   4. submitted on July 25, 2011, by Jack Gipson of North Augusta, Ontario.   5, 6. submitted on June 26, 2011, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   7. submitted on December 9, 2013, by William Henry Myers III of Seneca, South Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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