Catching the Fire: Philip Simmons, Blacksmith

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Illustrated with full-color photographs, a profile of a remarkable African-American blacksmith incorporates his own words to trace his life as a nationally renowned artist and exhibit the skills he has honed over the course of eighty years.

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The author of fifteen books for young readers, Mary Lyons lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband, Paul. Her grandfather was born in Ireland in 1869, in a place much like Knockabeg.

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Vivid details about the life of a hardworking blacksmith artist will inspire readers in this engrossing biography from the author of Painting Dreams (1996), etc. The poor, industrious descendant of a slave, Philip Simmons was captivated by the men who fired up iron and bashed it into form. He started to work with Charleston's premier blacksmith at the age of 13 and grew into one of the country's ``national treasures'' of esteemed artists. Simmons went from shoeing horses and fixing wagons, to repairing automobiles and sculpting wrought-iron fences. Now, his elaborate gates and fences decorate the city of Charleston, South Carolina. In nine short chapters told from Simmons's point of view, Lyons shows the arc of Simmons's development, from a dedicated kid with a dream to an accomplished artist. His commitment to his art, and his ability to adapt to changing times despite setbacks, is impressive and heartening, and his attitude--never giving up on the work he loves- -resounds. Garcia's full-color photographs show many of Simmons's marvels; the work also includes a good bibliography, but no glossary to help readers more clearly grasp the blacksmithing process. Even without it, readers will come away with respect for hard work combined with creative pursuits, and will surely never look at wrought iron the same way again. (notes, bibliography, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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