Francis Whitaker

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Francis Whitaker (November 29, 1906 – October 23, 1999) was a blacksmith in Carmel, California and, later, an artist-in-residence at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, CO.[1]

He was born in Woburn, Massachusetts[2] and died in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

He apprenticed for one year under Samuel Yellin and later apprenticed under blacksmith Julius Schramm for two years.[citation needed]

In 1995, he received the Colorado Council on the Arts Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 1997, he received the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.[3]


  • (1986) The Blacksmith's Cookbook: Recipes in Iron. Jim Fleming Publications. ISBN 0-939415-00-3
  • (1995) My Life as an Artist-Blacksmith. F. Whitaker. ISBN 0-9646389-0-8


  1. ^ "NEA National Heritage Fellowships: Francis Whitaker". National Endowment for the Arts. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  2. ^ Govenar, Alan (2001). "Francis Whitaker: Anglo-American Blacksmith and Ornamental Ironworker". Masters of Traditional Arts: A Biographical Dictionary. vol. 2 (K-Z). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio. pp. 669–671. ISBN 1576072401. OCLC 47644303.
  3. ^ "NEA National Heritage Fellowships 1997". National Endowment for the Arts. Retrieved 13 November 2017.

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