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Famous Male Blacksmiths

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List of famous male blacksmiths, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male blacksmiths list contains the most prominent and top males known for being blacksmiths. There are thousand of males working as blacksmiths in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic blacksmiths have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a blacksmith then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list features Philip Simmons, William Blaik and more.

While this isn't a list of all male blacksmiths, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male blacksmiths?" and "Who are the best male blacksmiths?"

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    Thomas Davenport is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Blacksmiths
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    Thomas Davenport was a Vermont blacksmith who constructed the first American DC electric motor in 1834. Davenport was born in Williamstown, Vermont. He lived in Forest Dale, a village near the town of Brandon. As early as 1834, he developed a battery-powered electric motor. He used it to operate a small ...more

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    • Age: Died at 49 (1802-1851)
    • Birthplace: Williamstown, Vermont, United States of America
    • Profession: Blacksmith, Inventor
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    Tom Joyce

    Tom Joyce is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Blacksmiths
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    Tom Joyce is an artist, blacksmith, and designer living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since 1977 he has forged sculpture, architectural ironwork and public art for projects throughout the United States. Joyce infuses many of these works with meaning by incorporating inherited histories represented by the ...more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Profession: Blacksmith
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    Alex W. Bealer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Blacksmiths
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    Alexander Winkler Bealer, III, known as Alex W. Bealer, was an old-time craftsman of wood working and blacksmithing from Atlanta, Georgia. He authored The Art of Blacksmithing Old Ways of Working Wood,The Tools That Built America, and The Successful Craftsman..more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1921-1980)
    • Birthplace: Valdosta, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Blacksmith, Author
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    George Vail was an American Democratic Party politician who represented New Jersey's 4th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1853 to 1857. His father Stephen Vail, and his brother Alfred Vail were the driving force behind the success of the Speedwell Iron Works.more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1809-1875)
    • Birthplace: Morristown, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Blacksmith, Judge, Politician, Manufacturing, Engineer
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    Aaron Kitchell was a blacksmith and politician from Hanover Township, New Jersey. He represented New Jersey in both the United States House of Representatives and the Senate. Born in Hanover, he attended the common schools and became a blacksmith. He was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1744-1820)
    • Birthplace: Hanover, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Blacksmith, Politician
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    Philip Simmons was an American artisan and blacksmith specializing in the craft of ironwork. Simmons spent 78 years as a blacksmith, focusing on decorative iron work. When he began his career, blacksmiths in Charleston made practical, everyday household objects, such as horseshoes. By the time he ...more

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    • Age: Died at 97 (1912-2009)
    • Birthplace: Daniel Island, South Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Blacksmith
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    John Salathé is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Male Blacksmiths
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    John Salathé was a pioneering rock climber, blacksmith and the inventor of the modern piton.more

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1899-1992)
    • Birthplace: Switzerland
    • Profession: Blacksmith, Mountaineer, Rock Climber
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    Ben Lilly

    Ben Lilly is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Male Blacksmiths
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    Benjamin Vernon Lilly or Ben Lilly, nicknamed Ol' Lilly, was a notorious big game hunter, houndsman and mountain man of the late American Old West. He remains famous for hunting down large numbers of grizzly, cougars and black bears. A mix between a transcendentalist spirit and an ardent Christian, he ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1856-1936)
    • Birthplace: Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Big-game hunter, Blacksmith
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