Grandpa Philpott was the oldest living blacksmith around, when I was growing up


January 18, 2002

Replica of Justin Philpott's blacksmith shop in downtown Sweet Home.

The sign on the front of the blacksmith shop next to the East Linn Museum reads:

"Blacksmith, J. Philpott, Prop. Est. 1880."

It was fun to watch him take an old chair, that anyone of us would just throw away and transform it into something beautiful. Grandpa would take a cow or deer hide, dry it out in the barn and then slowly and methodically turn that piece of hide into the most beautiful chair, or horse whip, pair of reins, or even a little pencil stop.

I would sit for hours in amazement and watch him make the most beautiful things, and he did it with such ease. We lived just down the...

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