Skip Navigation
on:

NCPR is supported by:

News stories tagged with "blacksmith"

John Scarlett at work in his shop in Rossie. Photo courtesy John Scarlett
John Scarlett at work in his shop in Rossie. Photo courtesy John Scarlett

Traditional Work: Shaping flowers from steel at a forge in Rossie

This week, we're revisiting one of our favorite series of stories from the past year: conversations with artisans in the North Country who do traditional work. These are industries, and skills, that have been a way of life in our region for a century and more.

Blacksmith John Scarlett has been operating a forge in Rossie for 30 years.

Scarlett uses fire and metal to create everything from tools to works of art. On the day we visited, he was working on a sculpture of Asian poppies, forged out of steel and copper.  Go to full article
John Scarlett in his shop in Rossie (Photo provided)
John Scarlett in his shop in Rossie (Photo provided)

Traditional Work, Pt. 6: Shaping flowers from steel at a forge in Rossie

This week, we're continuing our conversations with artisans in the North Country who do traditional work. These are industries, and skills, that have been a way of life in our region for a century and more. This morning, we visit a forge operated by blacksmith John Scarlett in Rossie for thirty years.

Scarlett uses fire and metal to create everything from tools to works of art. On the day we visited, he was working on a sculpture of Asian poppies, forged out of steel and copper.  Go to full article
Robert Vaughn
Robert Vaughn

The timeless trade of blacksmithing

Some trades change all the time: new tools, new techniques, new materials. Others hardly change at all. That's something Robert Vaughn likes about being a blacksmith. He's pretty sure he could trade places with a smith from Roman times, and neither one would get lost working at the other's forge. Lucy Martin spoke with Vaughn as he hand-pumped double bellows to heat coals at a heritage event in Ottawa.  Go to full article
Historians have been digging up history in Parishville Center since May
Historians have been digging up history in Parishville Center since May

Digging into Parishville's History

A team of historians from the New York State Museum has uncovered a blacksmith's shop and wagon shop in St. Lawrence County. The tiny hamlet of Parishville Center has been a hotbed of historical research this summer. Archaeologists have unearthed horseshoes, nails and the fragment of a clay pipe. Nothing earth-shattering, but project leader Marty Pickands told Todd Moe that finding the remains of a 19th century frontier blacksmith's shop is intriguing. Pickands says two centuries ago, Parishville Center was a small industrial site.  Go to full article

1-4 of 4