Forging new traditions: Only blacksmith in Giles County works to teach others the trade

Joshua Langfitt of Newport owns and operates JJL Forge

Feel Good Friday: Forging new traditions
Feel Good Friday: Forging new traditions

Newport – While spending more time at home, many of us have been taking up new hobbies, working on home projects and finding new ways to productively pass the time and possibly have an outlet.

For one Giles County man, the greatest stress reliever is a hammer and fire. 39-year-old Joshua Langfitt of Newport is the county’s only professional blacksmith, and one of the few in the region.

It’s a craft he’s mastered after 23 years working to perfect the lost art. He keeps historical traditions alive one piece at a time.

“For someone who has a little bit of a creative soul, you can just shut your brain off and work the metal,” Langfitt said. ”The metal will kind of tell you what it needs to be."

He makes it all; from knives and chain links, to tools and blades.

His most frequent request, however, is a more delicate item.

"I do a lot of roses,” Langfitt said.

He's made quite a few for his wife, Leslie. He even creates intricate hairpins, decorative flowers and leaves.

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