Thursday, July 10, 2014


Many craftspeople in Amana held special talents to form metal into some beautiful folk art and functional forms. The metal smith, the blacksmith, the tinsmith, the cooper and more had a job to do for the communal system in old Amana. Each smith had a corner home shop or in town to make the black door locks, the latches, the crochet hooks, knitting needles, cookie cutters, wine barrel bands, buckets to carry food, watering cans, wagon wheels, buggy wheels, lanterns, railings, and more. It is a delight to use any of these tools that still exist in the homes and old buildings. Imagine pressing down on a black lock that is still in a home or shop built in 1856. Some were made as gifts or for personal use but all made for the self-contained community for the betterment of the community.

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