Hmong Blacksmith


By Maureen McCollum | May 23, 2018

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  • Apprentice Kong Mong Yang and master blacksmith Tong Khai Vang at the blacksmith shop at the Hmoob Cultural and Community Agency in La Crosse.

Apprentice Kong Mong Yang and master blacksmith Tong Khai Vang at the shop in La Crosse.

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In the back of the Hmoob Cultural and Community Agency in La Crosse, there’s a blacksmith shop where people can learn an historic craft. It’s here that master blacksmith Tong Khai Vang teaches apprentice Kong Mong Yang how to melt metal, pound it out into hot, glowing orange strips, and create traditional knives.

(This story originally aired May 29, 2013)

Maureen McCollum

Maureen McCollum is a producer for Wisconsin Life on Wisconsin Public Radio. She loves to explore the Midwest in her RV despite being nowhere near retirement age.
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