THOMASVILLE — When Trenton Tye saw a blacksmith in Andersonville at the age of 7 he was hooked.

Even after earning college degrees in psychology and biology, the call of metal tugged at the Morgan native, so six years ago he turned to the craft full-time.

Saturday, Tye was among the artists at Downtown Thomasville Main Street’s Art on the Bricks.

Others included painters, jewelry, basket and wooden cane makers and wood carvers. Food ranged from the ubiquitous hotdog to gator tail on a stick.

Tye, 30, displayed his work with demonstrations, turning iron into a two-tined fork as the crowd watched.

The venue offered a chance to demonstrate history, he said after ending his performance and talking with an older man who had actually turned a hand crank for smithing as a child.

“I see that same guy at almost every show,” Tye said of those people who remember a different past and approach him to discuss it. “And he’s not listening to me, he’s watching that hand crank.”

Tye’s work displayed included the simple such as candle holders, to elaborately crafted steel knives.

Tye said he’s had to work hard, doing television shows, a Web site and traveling but is making a good living.

“I’ve paid my dues over the last six years,” he said. “I specialize in interiors, bed frames. I have a particular panache for garden ornaments. The thing I like about what I do is you get to kind of (walk) that line between artistic and functional.”

Attendance at the festival, the second since it was suspended for a while in the early 2000s, was steady and showed an improvement over last year, said Felicia Brannen, Main Street’s special events coordinator.

“There is a very good crowd,” she said. “I believe both vendor-wise and attendance-wise it has grown from last year. Our hope is it will continue to grow. It’s back by popular demand. People asked about it.”

Amy Wheeler, of the Thomasville Cultural Center, said all ages were in attendance.

“It’s been a steady stream of people,” she said. “It’s been a pleasant day. The cool breeze really helped.”

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