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.
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.