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Thanks for the comment, the information has been updated. <a href="http://digital.lib.ecu.edu/search.aspx?q=Heber%2bGreen&cf=The%20Daily%20Reflector%20Image%20Collection">These images</a> were used in an article titled "Blacksmith Trade Is Not Yet Extinct" on 1/12/1963. Here are a few interesting excerpts:<br/><br/>Most people probably feel that the blacksmith went out when the age of the automobile came in. "It ain''t necessarily so"...and Herber Green is a man who can prove it.<br/><br/>Green started out in 1927 as an unexperienced horseshoer and since then, more than 35 years of new automobiles and automation have passed. Now Green has his own blacksmith shop on W. Fifth Street and has enough work to keep him busy from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on every working day of the week.<br/><br/>"In the blacksmith''s shop where I worked during the late twenties," he said, "there was in use at that time, an anvil, hammers, tongs, sledges, benches and vices, hand drills, punches, backsaws, a forge with bellows operated by turning a hand crank, and a horner or cone mandrel used for truing rings. Today I have many of these implements in my shop, but most of them have been modernized. I have a forge with electric bellows, electric drills instead of hand drills, electric welding machines, ban saws, drill presses, oxyacetylene torches and other improved or entirely new equipment."
That photo is not of a man cutting a stick. It is a man placing an arc welding rod into the rod holder (note the attached welder cable). He is a welder about to arc weld, also known as "stick" welding.
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