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     December 6, 2019      #43-340 KDJ
Andrew Phelps hammers a piece of metal last week in his metal shop. The 18-year-old Bourbonnais resident has been a blacksmith since he created his own forge at 12 years old.

Daily Journal/John Dykstra

A fiery passion: BBCHS grad forging career in

By John Dykstra

BOURBONNAIS — Sparks flew as Andrew Phelps hammered away at a scorching hot piece of metal he was shaping into a leaf.

“This is the best time of the year to do this,” the 18-year-old said inside his shop full of tools and scrap metal behind his parents’ house. “It gets so hot in here with my forge burning. But even in the summer, I spend hours out here.”

Blacksmithing has been part of Andrew’s daily routine ever since he started learning the old-fashion trade as a 12-year-old. His interest in the trade sparked ...

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Andrew Phelps, 18, of Bourbonnais, fires up his forge last week. The 2019 Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School graduate is now studying welding at Kankakee Community College.

John Dykstra