BAR HARBOR - Steve Alsup, of Norway Drive, passed peacefully at home Thursday January 8th. He was 70 years old.
He was a master blacksmith and owner/operator of the Morning Glory Forge. For over thirty years he crafted railings and fireplace sets on the Island. Next time you go down Mt Desert Street in Bar Harbor, notice the railings he made on the front steps of the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, the YWCA, the Jessup Memorial Library, and across the street at the front door of St. Saviors. His railings on the front steps of the Asticou Inn show his love of the French Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles; his cat-tail railings on the front of the Gilley Museum show his interest in nature. He had a keen eye, and a feeling for space, that made him a good designer. For him, metal was plastic, like clay, meant to be shaped. He was a true original.
He will be much missed by his life partner Judith Blank, of Norway Drive, his son Joshua Alsup of Philadelphia, his daughter Diana Jo Lavery of Washington State, his granddaughter Naomi Lavery, and great-granddaughter Cora Lee of Pasa Robles, California, his many relative in S.E. Missouri, and by his friends here in Maine.