Early settlers depended upon blacksmithing for nails and spikes, fireplace cranes, kitchen tools, farm implements and other necessities. Once merchants began stocking mass-produced hardware and implements in the mid-1850s, blacksmiths often provided a much smaller range of goods. They shoed horses and mules and made and repaired iron parts of wagons, agricultural implements and harnesses.
Boyce, Kentucky community blacksmith shop, garage and mill. Taken from Thelma Glasscock's paper The Economic & Social Status of Boyce Rural Community.
Warren County, Kentucky, Blacksmithing, Blacks