Thursday, March 26, 2009

Fire On The Mountain!

There'll be Fire on the Mountain in downtown Spruce Pine on Saturday, April 25 when the annual Fire on the Mountain Blacksmith Festival happens. The festival has already started in a way as the Blacksmith Exhibit is on display at the Toe River Arts Council in downtown Spruce Pine.

The exhibit featuring the eclectic work of the Blacksmith Festival participants will run until the Festival on Saturday, April 25. Exhibit hours are 10 am-5 pm. For more information check out TRAC's website at For more information on the Blacksmith Festival visit Spruce Pine Main Street's festivals website at

It was in Spruce Pine in the 1930's and 1940's that two of Daniel Boone's direct descendants owned and operated a forge. Lawrence and Daniel Boone VI became very well known for the iron hardware they made for Colonial Williamsburg. Spruce Pine also has the distinction of having Bea Hensley, one of NC's Living Treasures as a resident blacksmith. Bea worked as an apprentice with the Boones and still resides in Spruce Pine.

At the 2009 Festival, festival go-ers can hammer out a little metal in the Hands On tent or just watch the professionals. Renowned blacksmiths Zack Noble, Daniel Miller, Elizabeth Brim and Joe Anderson will be demonstrating the art of blacksmithing. Don't miss all the food, fun, exhibits, demonstrations and music at this year's Festival!

Photo note: Upper Left: Firescreen by Zack Noble
Right: Zack Noble demonstrating at Festival


  1. That's really nice screen by Zack! I'm looking forward to this years Festival. Here is a picture from last years Fire On The Mountain.

  2. Thanks Michael! I saw this photo of yours from the Festival last year and started to "borrow" for the blog, but decided I better not! Thanks for sharing!


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