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The Hammer Comes Down At Village Blacksmiths


Last updated 7/5/2021 at 12:37pm

Matt McGregor

Jason Brown and daughter Monique demonstrate how to bring the hammer down with power on a horseshoe.

Wield the hammer and channel your inner blacksmith at the Village Blacksmiths at 161 N. Broad St. in Brevard.

Not just a blacksmith shop, the smithy, which opened in May, provides classes in which one can encounter the pre-Industrial Revolution necessity – now turned art form – with the hands-on experience of hammering hot metal into tools, ornamental objects, hardware, and any other shape the mind and hammer can concoct together.

A sample of one of the classes reveals the process of hammering a horseshoe into a knife.

Jason Brown, the co-owner with daughter Monique and Steve Revis, can be seen taking a horseshoe by tongs and placing it into a small furnace, heating at 1,800 degrees Celsius.

He then lets it bake for several minutes before bringing it out for a hammering on the anvil, where the glowing-hot horseshoe is beaten into form.

The goal was to beat the horseshoe into a knife, brought to a dull shape through the heat treatment, later cooled and grinded to sharpness.

Brown has been blacksmithing for 14 years and Monique, who is also a multi-musical instrument-alist and woodworker, was attracted to the light of the forge through learning from her father.

She is also inspired by her love of Medieval culture.

Brown received a welding for artists certificate from Blue Ridge College, where he learned the skills to compete on History Channel's black-smithing television series, "Forged in Fire."

Brown was a finalist in season five, episode 39.

Matt McGregor

The forge heats the horseshoe at 1,800 degrees, so don't try to cook a Hot Pocket in there

Revis has been blacksmithing for six years, and specializes in ornamental ironwork and knife making.

He teaches classes at the smithy on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Brown's wife, Marlene, is also a part of the team, working on administrative tasks, with the help of her dog, Daisy.

The building itself, beside Dugan's Pub, has been transformed into a veritable shop of craftsmanship, with two silversmiths, Deb Baw (D'Baw Jewelry) and Lisa Moore (LM Designs), who occupy the space, as well.

Blacksmithing classes are on Mondays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with storefront hours Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For class availabilities, look up Forge Your Own w/Village Blacksmiths on or call at (828) 490-8696.


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