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.”