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hello all,im brand new to iforgeiron and to blacksmithing in general.ive always been interested in the whole process, but cant seem to find anyone in my area thats a blacksmith.i live in east TN and would love learn how.i most interested in makeing knives and the like,any help would be great.thanks

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Contact one of these organizations. Tell them IForgeIron sent you.

Appalachian Area Blacksmiths

Clinch River Blacksmiths

River Bluff
  • Pres: Bob Rogers
    1897 Crump
    Memphis,TN 38107
    (901) 278-7826
  • Ed: Jeannie Tomlinson Saltmarsh
    1475 Faxon Ave
    Memphis, TN 38104

Bristol Forge:

Ed Caflisch
5119 Moody Drive
Kingsport, TN 37664
Meets second Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at Rocky Mount which is between Johnson City and Bristol.

Choo Choo Forge:

Mitchell Latsch
7015 Antler Lane
Harrison, TN 37341
(423) 344-3306
Email: Mitchell Latsch
Meets the first Thursday of every month 6:00 p.m. at Tennessee Valley RR Museum on Chamberlain Ave Chattanoga, TN.

Clinch River Blacksmith's Guild:

Tom Copas
10519 Bob Gray Road
Knoxville, TN 37932
Email: Tom Copas

Meets the last Sunday of every month at 1:00 p.m. at Gary Smith's shop near Lake City, just north of Knoxville on I 75.

Fiddler's Grove Blacksmith Assn:

Danny Parsons
1018 Lone Oak Road
Mt. Juliet, TN 37122
Email: Danny Parsons

Meets the first Sunday of each month 1:00 p.m. at Fiddler's Grove on the Wilson County Fair Grounds, Lebanon, TN.

Lynchburg forge:

Bruce Gillies
643 Shasteen Ridge Road
Lynchburg, TN 37352
Email: Bruce Gillies

Meets the Saturday before the second and fourth Sundays of every month 9:00 a.m. at Bruce Gillies' forge.

Possum Trot Forge Council:

Doug Couts
5547 Tanksley Road
Greenbrier, TN 37073
Email: Doug Couts

Meets the last Sunday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in Adams TN in the city park behind the Old Bell Witch Antique Shop.

Rutherford County Blacksmith's Assn:

Rob Robinson
225 Bass Drive
Mt Juliet, TN 37122
Meets every Monday night 7:00 p.m. at Cannonsburg Historic Village in Murfreesboro.

Upper Cumberland Blacksmith's Guild:

Al Cannella
1310 Walter Reed Road
Cookeville, TN 38501

Western NC Blacksmith Assn:

Steve Kayne
100 Daniel Ridge Road
Candler, NC 28715
Meets second Wednesday of every month 7:00 p.m. at Steve Kayne's shop.

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Really Glenn??? That's the BEST you can do?......:lol: Looks like you have to try to not find a blacksmith in TN LOL.

BTW, welcome to the forum Bronzbeard. With over 15,000 members, this is about the best place to seek information on blacksmithing as well as metalwork in general. Check out the chat too. Usually someone in there most evenings and many times during the day. Due to the time zone differences, that is when many of our over-the-pond brethren (and sisters ;)) are on line. Lots of good discussion takes place. Sometimes, even blacksmithing is covered LOL!


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Thanks for all the responses,i finally got ahold of some ppl at Bristol forge.My first "class" i guess is the right word is on Nov.14 ill keep u informed on my progress and hopefully figure out how to post pics of what i make.Thanks again guys for all the help.

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