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Philip Simmons has created a body of work that has been appreciated by his numerous clients over the years and admired by thousands of tourists who visit Charleston annually. "I've learned through the years that your best advertisement is a satisfied customer."
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Philip Simmons, now the most celebrated of Charleston ironworkers, was born on near-by Daniel Island in 1912. He left for Charleston in 1919 and attended local schools but received his most important education from local blacksmith Peter Simmons, who ran a busy shop at the foot of Calhoun Street. Here he acquired the values and refined the talents that would sustain him throughout his long metalworking career.Review:
When he was thirteen years old, Philip Simmons caught the blacksmith fever. For seventy years he has crafted metal into beautiful ornamental pieces. His gates, fences, and railings decorate the city of Charleston, South Carolina, where he has lived and worked most of his long life.This is the only book for young readers about this amazuiing African-American craftsman and evokes the vision of this remarkable man. It tells the story of someone who loves his work and who creates art with passion. Philip Simmons is truly a working person's hero and role model. --Mary E. Lyons, author
A vivid portrait of an African-American artist who demonstrated courage and perseverance in the face of enormous obstacles. --Kirkus Reviews, pointer review
This is a capably written biography that touches on the unquenchability of the artistic impulse and the vagaries of artistic fortune, while offering enough of the visual to make it clear what all the fuss is about. --The Bulletin
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Book Description Blue Moon Press, 2010. Perfect Paperback. Condition: Used: Like New. NICE CONDITION SOFTCOVER BOOK. NO WRITING OR MARKINGS IN TEXT. ONLY LIGHT WEAR TO COVER. A CLEAN & SOLID BOOK. Seller Inventory # G-8494
Book Description Blue Moon Press. PERFECT PAPERBACK. Condition: Good. 1936013029 > SIGNED by Author(s) | > Edition/Printing: 2nd edition, 2010. | Signed by Philip Simmons on title page. Shelf wear, corner and edge wear/bumping. Creasing middle of spine. Interior is clean. > Language: English | > Size: 8vo | > Media/Binding: Soft cover |. Seller Inventory # CORV-BBC-0K63925