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A new fire for iron forging


The art of forging and shaping iron is rich in tradition; the basics of blacksmithing haven’t changed in about a thousand years. New technology, new materials and mechanization have nearly caused the extinction of this once vital occupation.

But a new generation is keeping the art form from being lost completely, with students such as Emma Ferrie, 11, and Max Ferrie, 9, learning the craft from family friend Jim Newgord in Pillager.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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