List of Famous Blacksmiths People

List of Famous Blacksmiths

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List of famous blacksmiths, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top blacksmiths in the world? This includes the most prominent blacksmiths, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable blacksmiths is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic blacksmiths were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned blacksmiths.

Items include everything from Thomas Davenport to Aaron Kitchell.

From reputable, prominent, and well known blacksmiths to the lesser known blacksmiths of today, these are some of the best professionals in the blacksmith field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous blacksmiths ever?" and "What are the names of famous blacksmiths?" then you're in the right place. (23 items)

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    Thomas Davenport
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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 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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    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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    John Fritz

    John F. Fritz was an American pioneer of iron and steel technology who has been referred to as the "Father of the U.S. Steel Industry". To celebrate his 80th birthday the John Fritz Medal was established in 1902, with Fritz himself being the first recipient.more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1822-1913)
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    Viktor Burduk

    Viktor Burduk is the Honoured Artist of Ukraine, director of the Ukrainian Handcrafted Wrought Iron and Forge Company “Hefest”, the head of Ukraine Blacksmiths Art Masters department in Donetsk since 2009, the head of Donbass Blacksmiths Guild, Donetsk representative at the Ring Of The European Cities ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Baltiysk, Russia
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    Jan Liwacz

    Jan Liwacz – a master blacksmith, prisoner of Auschwitz concentration camp, known for the infamous "Arbeit macht frei" slogan over the camp's main entrance gate that he made. He was detained and arrested on 16 October 1939 in Bukowsko, kept in prisons of Sanok, Krosno, Kraków and Nowy Wiśnicz; he ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1898-1980)
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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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    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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    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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    John Salathé
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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
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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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    Peter Madsen Peel

    Peter Madsen Peel
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    Peter Madsen Peel was a founder, first blacksmith, and civic leader of Mount Pleasant, Utah. A replica of his blacksmith shop is located next to the Relic Hall in Mt. Pleasant, including a working forge. Peel was born in Aakirkeby, Denmark, in 1820; he was married in 1846 to Christianna Folkman. In ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1820-1900)
    • Birthplace: Aakirkeby, Denmark
    • Profession: Blacksmith
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    John Anderson

    John Anderson was the second Mayor of Christchurch in New Zealand 1868–1869, and a successful businessman. He had a close connection with three buildings that have later received Category I heritage registrations by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Two of these buildings were demolished following ...more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1820-1897)
    • Birthplace: Inveresk, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Businessperson, Blacksmith, Politician, Engineer
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    Alexander Hamilton Willard

    Alexander Hamilton Willard
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    Alexander Hamilton Willard was a blacksmith who joined the Lewis and Clark Expedition.more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1777-1865)
    • Birthplace: Charlestown, New Hampshire, United States of America
    • Profession: Blacksmith
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    Simeon Wheelock

    Simeon Wheelock
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    Simeon Wheelock was a blacksmith from Uxbridge, Massachusetts, who served as a minuteman in the Massachusetts militia during the battles of Lexington and Concord in the American Revolutionary War. After the war he was killed while on militia duty protecting the Springfield Armory during Shays' ...more

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    • Age: Died at 45 (1741-1786)
    • Birthplace: Mendon, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Blacksmith
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    John Joseph Madigan is an Australian politician. He was a member of the Democratic Labour Party, before resigning from the party and becoming an independent in September 2014. Madigan launched the John Madigan’s Manufacturing and Farming Party in 2015. He was elected to the Australian Senate with 2.3 ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
    • Profession: Blacksmith
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    Anthony Abbing

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    • Age: Died at 42 (1870-1912)
    • Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Blacksmith
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    Hilda Patterson Hensley

    Hilda Patterson Hensley is the mother of Patsy Cline.more

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    • Profession: Blacksmith, Seamstress
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    Ilya Yákovlevich Brézhnev

    Ilya Yákovlevich Brézhnev was the father of Leonid Brezhnev.more

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    • Profession: Blacksmith
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    William Blaik

    William Blaik was the father of American football player Earl Blaik.more

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    • Profession: Blacksmith
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