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The Blacksmith Shop

Shop Front - Come in, we're open!
Bowie Knife
Hand Forged Crosses
Hand Forged Straight Spine Knife
Horseshoe Handle BBQ Tools

Horseshoe BBQ Tools
Railroad Spike / Horseshoe Door Knocker
Railroad Spike Coat Racks
Iron Rose
Chili Pepper Door Knocker
Forging A Cherokee Life - Documentary

Name of Person: Curtis Green


Curtis Green, a Cherokee from Arkansas, continues his cultural traditon of Blacksmithing that was introduced to the Cherokees in 1791 with the Treaty of Holsten. Blending modern technology & time proven techniques, he creates hand forged items from recycled steel. These include household items that range widely, including BBQ tools, brands, knives, meat cleavers, tomahawks, and custom ordered items.

Full Explanation

Since moving to Chama, Curtis has made his living by Blacksmithing for the past 13 years. He converted two semi-truck trailers into a shop and display room. He provides his own power source through the use of a 7500 watt generator. The operation, thus, is self -sufficient. Material is often received as gifts from the community. Items that would normally wind up in a landfill, serve a new purpose, gaining a second life through Curtis' work.

Curtis attributes his success to "word of mouth", repeat business, and the documentary film "Forging A Cherokee Life." This film won a Silver Award at the Houston World Film Festival.

Custom orders provide a large part of Curtis' business. He is able to forge nearly every type of knife requested and still maintain his Native American flair.

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Curtis Green

Lawrence Casteel wrote on March 12, 2014: I had the privilege to have a three hour conservation with Mr. Green that seemed to fly by in 30 minutes. I purchased two items; one of witch was for my father. I have been using the knife he made from the pin in hinge that held up the gate from an old corral in NM; it remains as sharp as the day I purchased it! Curtis is the real treasure in his shop!

Dwain & Lisa Smith wrote on September 09, 2011: This was our second year to stop at this shop and we loved it. This year we bought a knife for our 20 year old son and as soon as he seen it he loved it. Enjoyed visiting with Curtis. The Smith's from Jenks Oklahoma

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Latitude: 36.883091900
Longitude: -106.586426500
Elevation: 7785 FT (2373 M)
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