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John Scarlett at work in his shop in Rossie. Photo courtesy John Scarlett
John Scarlett at work in his shop in Rossie. Photo courtesy John Scarlett

Traditional Work: Shaping flowers from steel at a forge in Rossie

This week, we're revisiting one of our favorite series of stories from the past year: conversations with artisans in the North Country who do traditional work. These are industries, and skills, that have been a way of life in our region for a century and more.

Blacksmith John Scarlett has been operating a forge in Rossie for 30 years.

Scarlett uses fire and metal to create everything from tools to works of art. On the day we visited, he was working on a sculpture of Asian poppies, forged out of steel and copper.  Go to full article
John Scarlett in his shop in Rossie (Photo provided)
John Scarlett in his shop in Rossie (Photo provided)

Traditional Work, Pt. 6: Shaping flowers from steel at a forge in Rossie

This week, we're continuing our conversations with artisans in the North Country who do traditional work. These are industries, and skills, that have been a way of life in our region for a century and more. This morning, we visit a forge operated by blacksmith John Scarlett in Rossie for thirty years.

Scarlett uses fire and metal to create everything from tools to works of art. On the day we visited, he was working on a sculpture of Asian poppies, forged out of steel and copper.  Go to full article
John Scarlett, a back-to-the-lander, who stayed in Rossie.  See a larger photo in the Today's Photo section of our website
John Scarlett, a back-to-the-lander, who stayed in Rossie. See a larger photo in the Today's Photo section of our website

Back to the Land: Finding Connections Between Now, and Then

About 35 years ago, a funny thing happened in the North Country. Young people moved here, singly and in groups, to settle. They were latter day hometseaders. They bought some of the cheapest land in the country -- many drawn here by the popular Strout Real Estate catalog. Other came to college here and stayed on. They built their own homes, planted gardens, and tried to live simpler life. They were called back-to-the-landers, and many are still here. Folklorist Jill Breit is tracing connections between those settlers of the 60s and 70s, and a new wave settling now. She spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

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