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Inaugural studio tour designed to give Montgomery County artists exposure

Michael McCarthy pounds on a juju man sculpture in his Ames blacksmith workshop. His studio and nine other local artists’ work spaces will be open to the public Saturday. (John Enger/Gazette Reporter)
Michael McCarthy pounds on a juju man sculpture in his Ames blacksmith workshop. His studio and nine other local artists’ work spaces will be open to the public Saturday. (John Enger/Gazette Reporter)
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Michael McCarthy flattened a red-hot piece of iron against an anvil with a hammer he made himself. On Tuesday morning, the smoky air of his little workshop in Ames rang with the sharp taps of the hammer on the anvil. “This is going to be a juju man,” he said. “I picked the design up last time I was in West Africa.” That juju man, a simple little good-luck charm, will most likely be sold ...


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