Barnstable Blacksmith Holds Steadfast to an Ancient Craft

Sep 24, 2018

Norah Bourbon fashions a leaf pendant with hammer and anvil in her shop in Barnstable.
Credit Photos by Sam Kimball. September 2017.

In a smokey shop in Barnstable, Norah Bourbon is doing her best to hold on to the ancient craft of blacksmithing in its simplest form, with hammer, anvil, and a coal-fired furnace. Learning the craft directly with master blacksmiths, she aims to carry on the art for new generations on the Cape who might want to take up hammer.

Norah Bourbon turns the hand-run air pump into her coal-fired furnace in her shop in Barnstable.
Credit . Photos by Sam Kimball. September 30, 2017

You can get more information and see more of Norah's work here.

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