Interview with blacksmith Thomas Rains

Date: 1977

Source: S1576 , Container 1 , C77-32

Type: Sound

Download: MP3

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  • One audio cassette. Side 1: Rains describes how he started working as a blacksmith in 1912; talks about the projects he works on; talks about how he was born in and raised in the same home he still lives in; describes how his father was also a blacksmith and his brother taught him much of the trade; talks about how he gets business for his shop. On Side 2, he discusses shoeing horses; sharpening; tractors; using hickory to make ax handles.

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