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Near Blacksburg in York County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Artisan With Fire

 
 
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By Brian Scott, May 14, 2010
1. Artisan With Fire Marker
Inscription.
While every farmer needed basic blacksmithing skills to make or mend small simple objects like horseshoes and nails, only the village smithy had the expertise to craft substantial articles such as kitchen and farm tools, blades and hinges. Additionally, a blacksmith shop's location in the center of town made it an important place for social interaction.

To create workable iron, ore had to be mined crushed, then "smelted", or melted, to extract usable metal. Since these were time-consuming, labor-intensive processes, the resulting metal was so valuable that it was repeatedly recycled into numerous necessary items.
 
Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.
 
Location. 35° 8.59′ N, 81° 20.15′ W. Marker is near Blacksburg, South Carolina, in York County. Marker can be reached from Camp Cherokee Road. Touch for map. Marker is located on the grounds of Kings Mountain State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Blacksburg SC 29702, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Valuable Resource that Grows In Trees (within shouting distance of this marker); A Looming Mystery (within shouting distance of this marker); That's So Sweet!
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By Brian Scott, May 14, 2010
2. Artisan With Fire Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Home Sweet Homeplace (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Kings Mountain State Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dickey / Sherer Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Kings Mountain Battleground (approx. 1.6 miles away); Two Parks, One Mountain (approx. 2.3 miles away); Kings Mountain Battlefild Trail (approx. 2.3 miles away); God Save the King! (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blacksburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Kings Mountain State Park. The Piedmontís Kings Mountain State Park has miles of forested trails, two fishing lakes, and sits adjacent to Kings Mountain National Military Park, a Revolutionary War battle site. (Submitted on December 24, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Kings Mountain State Park. Kings Mountain State Park is a South Carolina state park located in the Piedmont region of South Carolina. (Submitted on December 24, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Artisan With Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 14, 2010
3. Artisan With Fire Marker
A skilled blacksmith recognizes when glowing metal is hot enough to be shaped. At that moment, the heated metal is transferred to the solid-iron anvil where it is hammered into the desired form. When finished, the blacksmith cools and hardens the newly forged piece by plunging it into water.
Artisan With Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 14, 2010
4. Artisan With Fire Marker
A blacksmith's main tool is fire. To make heat intense enough to soften metal, the smithy pumps bellows which force the air into the fire's center.
Artisan With Fire Marker<br>Weaverhouse/Blacksmith Shop image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 14, 2010
5. Artisan With Fire Marker
Weaverhouse/Blacksmith Shop
Blacksmith Shop's Chimney image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 14, 2010
6. Blacksmith Shop's Chimney
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 24, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 236 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 24, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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