September 5, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 20

Keeping alive the long lost art of blacksmithing

John Huffstutter has found a soft place in his heart for hardened steel.

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Paul Delaney
John Huffstutter gets a piece of steel during a recent show he did at Cheney’s Craft Stampede.

The Cheney-area resident is a blacksmith in his spare time away from his 9-5 job as the budget director for the Community Colleges of Spokane. The 51-year-old first discovered the craft at a very young age he said.

“When I was about five I went to Colonial Williamsburg for the first time, then about 30 years later I went back,” Huffstutter said. “I saw these guys working in the dark with glowing metal and I thought that might be cool to try sometime.”

When Huffstutter’s prior career in the U.S. Air Force move...

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