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Charleston Blacksmith: The Work of Philip Simmons

Vlach, John Michael

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ISBN 10: 0872498352 / ISBN 13: 9780872498358
Published by University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, 1997
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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A Very Good copy of this large-format photo-illustrated paperback. Light cover wear, sound binding, clean within. Briefly inscribed and signed by the subject, African-American Charleston blacksmith Philip Simmons (not by the author). Bookseller Inventory # 024182

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Title: Charleston Blacksmith: The Work of Philip ...

Publisher: University of South Carolina Press, Columbia

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Second Printing of the Revised Edition

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Charleston Blacksmith is a guidebook to the beautiful ironwork of Charleston createdby the historic city's best-known blacksmith, Philip Simmons. Simmons's matery of the craft and his love for the hammer and anvil are evident in the more than one hundred photographs of his ironwork that are included in this book. Author John Michael Vlach describes the methods, motifs, and materials employed in each piece and shares some of Simmons's personal recollections from the seventy years the blacksmith has spent perfecting his craft. A map of the city is included, giving both the location and a brief descriptionof each creation by Simmons. Readers will quickly understand why Philip Simmons has been hailed a "living national treasure."

About the Author:

John Michael Vlach is professor of American studies and anthropology and director of the folklife program at The George Washington University. His books include "The Planter's Prospect: Privilege and Slavery in Plantation Paintings" and "The Afro-American Tradition in the Decorative Arts".

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