Charleston Blacksmith; The Work of Philip Simmons by John Michael Vlach
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."