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Vance Baker

Don A

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I just got word that Vance Baker had passed away a couple days ago. He was a blacksmith who lived in Athens, Tennessee.

I figured some of you might have met him over the years. He taught regularly at John C. Campbell Folk School.

I only got to work with him a couple times, but he was a good one.


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I never got to ride in it, but the last time I saw him I was loading one of his old anvils onto the tailgate for him. We had used it for years as a loaner at Ft. Loudoun. We got a replacement and returned it to him. We were having a little off-day clean up and work day, and Vance was able to join us for a while.

I sure wish I'd spent more time in the shop with him.


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