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When I purchased Frank Romano’s  Blacksmith Shop in 1974, he was a fifth-generation blacksmith from Italy.  After retiring at the age of 65 with 43 years experience at Penn Central Railroad, he opened his shop, specializing in ornamental iron, fabrication and general welding repairs.  All three of these areas were part of the daily routine and gave me the truest sense of the individual personality in all metals.  The essential lesson was, that iron is not to be violently hammered into submission, "we are to caress it and give it form while releasing its personality and honoring symmetry.”