Blacksmiths Represented in the Continuing Survey of Iron Cross Cemeteries, 1998-99
Local blacksmiths were the folk artists at the heart of the wrought iron grave cross tradition. Making grave crosses was only part of their general business as smiths, but it was an expressive and culturally significant part. Smithing grave crosses, they played roles as perpetuators of tradition. Within that traditional framework, however, they also expressed individual artistry.
Survey photos in the blacksmith files illustrate the work of each.