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 Tom Joyce.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.
- Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Public domainThomas 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
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Tom JoyceTom 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... more
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Alex W. BealerAlexander 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
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John FritzJohn 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