Metalworking

Bea Hensley

Bea Hensley

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Riverwood Pewter

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Riverwood Pewter

Metal workers

Dillsboro, NC (Jackson County)

Riverwood Pewter's origins date to 1930, when Ralph Morgan and his son, Ralph, Jr., learned the pewterer's art at the Penland School of Crafts. The younger Ralph, who was a teenager at the time, was hired by his aunt Lucy Morgan, founder of the Penland School, to become the school's first pewter instructor.

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Peter Blum

Tinsmith

Elkin, NC (Surry County)

Peter Blum, a third generation tinsmith, lives in Surry County and has worked full-time as a tinsmith for twenty years. He learned this family trade more than fifty years ago. "I was trained by my grandfather and father," says Peter. Peter's grandfather handcrafted many objects for historic Old Salem when it was being developed. His father was a master tinsmith at Old Salem for twenty-two years.

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