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Bea Hensley, a blacksmith in Spruce Pine, successfully made the transition from utilitarian to decorative ironwork in the first half of the 20th-century.
Born in 1919, Bea Hensley learned blacksmithing and the \"hammer language\" at the forge of Daniel Boone VI in Burnsville. Hensley's ornamental ironwork is known worldwide. He received a 1993 North Carolina Folk Heritage Award for preserving blacksmithing traditional techniques.