Interview with Bea and Mike Hensley, March 24, 1973
In this interview father and son, Bea and Mike Hensley, talk about their occupation of blacksmithing. Bea and Mike explain different processes they used in their craft along with how they both got into the trade. They talk about their shop in Spruce Pine, North Carolina and then demonstrate how to forge metal and the way anvil language works. Mike and Bea also describe demonstrations they have done for universities and permanent displays they have in the Smithsonian. As a surprising piece of information, Daniel Boone passed on the trade that eventually both Bea and Mike learned through his ancestors.
Blacksmithing--North Carolina--Spruce Pine
Harmon, Lester and Brinkley, Bill
Hensley, Bea and Mike
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Spruce Pine, NC