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.

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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?"
Thomas Davenport is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Blacksmiths
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Thomas Davenport (9 July 1802 – 6 July 1851) 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 model car on a short section of track, paving the way for the later electrification of streetcars.Davenport's 1833 visit to the Penfield and Taft iron works at Crown Point, New York, where an electromagnet was operating, based on the design of Joseph Henry, was an impetus for his electromagnetic undertakings. Davenport bought an electromagnet from the Crown Point ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 49 (1802-1851)

Birthplace: Williamstown, Vermont

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Tom Joyce is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Blacksmiths
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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 specific material he uses. In both public and private commissions, he encourages individuals to participate in the making process by donating iron objects collected from the landscape or that hold particular significance to their owner. From the "Rio Grande Gates", forged from iron refuse retrieved from a quarter mile stretch of the Rio Grande for the Albuquerque Museum of Art, to iron sculptures ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 63

Alex W. Bealer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Blacksmiths
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Alex W. Bealer

Alexander Winkler Bealer, III, known as Alex W. Bealer (March 6, 1921 – March 17, 1980), was an old-time craftsman of wood working and blacksmithing from Atlanta, Georgia. He authored The Art of BlacksmithingOld Ways of Working Wood,The Tools That Built America, and The Successful Craftsman.. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 59 (1921-1980)

Birthplace: Valdosta, Georgia

George Vail (July 21, 1809 – May 23, 1875) 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. Father and sons assisted in the technical expertise and financial development of this family business. The Vail family contributions to mechanical inventions, early communication, transportation industry, and mass production placed Speedwell at the cutting edge of the Industrial Revolution in the United States. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 66 (1809-1875)

Birthplace: Morristown, New Jersey, USA

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