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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous 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 List of Famous 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: 59
    • Profession: Blacksmith
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    Alex W. Bealer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous 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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    John Fritz

    John Fritz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Blacksmiths
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    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 listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Blacksmiths
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    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: 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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