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The Clay Spencer Blacksmith Shop Gets a New Sign

by Lauren on May 2, 2013

in Around Campus, Blacksmithing, Special Events

Clay Spencer Blacksmith Shop

Clay Spencer Blacksmith Shop before the installation of the new sign

You may remember that the Clay Spencer Blacksmith shop was dedicated July 18, 2010 (Read the post here). Students and instructors alike have been enjoying classes there since then, but recently two Folk School blacksmith instructors put the finishing touches on the building. Through collaborative efforts, blacksmiths Matt Jenkins and Ted Thompson designed, fabricated, and forged the sign featuring Clay Spencer’s signature that hangs just outside the front entrance.

Matt Jenkins lead the design of the sign.

Matt Jenkins spear-headed the design of the sign.

This is a preliminary sketch for the sign by Matt Jenkins

This is a preliminary sketch for the sign by Matt Jenkins

Despite the particularly challenging task of “forging” Clay’s signature with all its curves and line variation, Matt and Ted were able to create a spectacular piece of art.

Want to see the sign for yoursef? It’s located at the front entrance of the Clay Spencer Blacksmith Shop.

Matt Jenkins (left), standing next to Clay Spencer in front of the new sign. Matt designed the Clay Spencer Sign.

Ted Thompson (left), standing next to Clay Spencer in front of the new sign.


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Jose L Fernandez May 9, 2013 at 9:59 am

My son wants to do a small blacksmith workshop/class. He is only 11 years old, do you have anything for young kids?


Lauren May 13, 2013 at 7:20 am

Hi Jose
Our oppotunities for youth are on our website- check them out here.

Little Middle Folk School
Every summer the Folk School opens its doors to young folks age 7-17 for Little/Middle Folk School, an opportunity for youths to discover Appalachian culture and to take part in hands-on programs in dozens of arts and crafts.

“Littles” are rising second-graders to rising sixth-graders, and “Middles” are rising seventh-graders to rising twelfth-graders. Be sure to register your child early, as classes are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Intergenerational Week
This week is designed to provide youths, ages 12 to 17, the opportunity to take classes side-by-side with a parent, grandparent, or other relative or guardian.


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