Blacksmithing in WNC - 2 events in April!

Spring is such a stunning time to visit Western NC – are you planning your trip?   
So many people come to Asheville to go to The Biltmore Estate. I recently renewed my Biltmore annual pass and can’t wait to go and see the magnificent landscape there.  Biltmore's blog reminded me that they have a resident blacksmith!  He is working at the Antler Hill Barn and demonstrates and answers questions from guests.  Learn more here.

Coming up in April are two metal/blacksmithing events in the region: 

Saturday, April 1, you can attend Glass and Metal Day at the Folk Art Center where Southern Highland Craft Guild members will demonstrate glass and metal techniques.  

Saturday, April 29, drive up to Spruce Pine, NC for the Fire on the Mountain Blacksmith Festival.  This event takes over downtown and features artists from across the country – they even let you try your hand at it!

The town of Spruce Pine is just a few miles from Penland School of Craft. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention blacksmith legends Daniel Boone VI and Bea Hensley who forged lifelong legacies in this mountain town. There is much to read on the internet if you wish to know more.  A short video here captures some of the magic of Bea Hensley's anvil with Bea and his son, Mike, performing a tune at a 1995 National Heritage Fellowship event in Washington, DC. Take a look - it'll make you smile!