Honoring Tradition With The Next Generation of NC Blacksmiths
The heritage art of blacksmithing blends old world process with new world technology to create works of art as well as practical home and business pieces that will endure years of use.
For over twenty years, Northern Crescent’s founder Matt Waldrop has dedicated himself to the blacksmith and metalworking industry and keeping the great art of blacksmithing alive. By passing along the knowledge and skill of the craft through community programs and apprenticeship opportunities, Matt hopes to show a new generation the modernized, artistic, and fun side of this old world trade.
Though he has travelled the country, he has spent much of his career in North Carolina. The North Carolina Appalachian region is home to a few blacksmiths who hone their craft and also remain immersed in traditional processes. Since 2005, Matt and his team have practiced their trade in North Carolina, starting in Asheville and continuing today in Flat Rock. This team of trained and professional blacksmiths stay busy hammering out custom creations as well as hand-forged production items while mentoring a new generation of blacksmiths. “Our purpose is to keep the trade of blacksmithing alive” Matt says. Northern Crescent’s team mentors local youth and participates in the Senior Project program at local East Henderson High as well as other regional area high schools. We demonstrate techniques to high school seniors and help them prepare their project for showcase.
Apprenticeship is an important part of any blacksmith’s journey because it is a time when he or she will learn from established artisans and craft experts while discovering and refining their own signature talents. Northern Crescent offers select paid apprenticeships. We strive to modernize blacksmithing and help the younger generations understand the vitality of this cool, fun industry. It’s not just horseshoes and armor anymore, there is so much more you can do.
There are so many career paths and subspecialties in the blacksmithing world where artistic craftsmanship counts: a person can become a farrier (shoeing horses), blade smith, architectural fabricator, sculptor, furniture maker, or another kind of artisan or craftsperson who can enjoy each day doing what they love. We want apprentices and students to develop a fire and passion for blacksmithing as each person on our team has done before them. It takes a special individual to follow the blacksmithing journey from a hobby to career and beyond.
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