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a group of three people working together to forge metal

William Rogers with JR Wolfe and Nathan Bush, striking hot metal at Rogers Metals

William Rogers, JR Wolfe, and Nathan Bush

Craft Futures Fund


Revitalizing Metalwork Traditions on the Cherokee Qualla Boundary and in Rural Appalachia

William Rogers, JR Wolfe, and Nathan Bush were awarded an apprenticeship grant from NC Arts Council. This new grant will allow the apprentices the opportunity to teach under the guidance of a master smith. The trio proposes that 2 apprentices—both enrolled members of the Cherokee tribe—teach hammered copper and iron forging to others from Cherokee and rural Appalachian communities. Our studio has two end walls that roll away to create an open air space to teach forging. We will set up a large pop-up tent to teach hammered copper. Two students will switch between the 2 spaces for each class.

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Cullowhee, NC





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