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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The pounding of hammers competed with the pitter-patter of rain in downtown Charleston.

The American College of the Building Arts held their 9th annual Building Arts Festival Saturday at the college's location at the Old City Jail.

Students and faculty presented demonstrations showing the college's six areas of study: timber framing, stone carving, masonry, ironwork, plaster, and carpentry.

The college's president said these methods of craftsmanship are enduring.

"[These are] things that are designed and built to withstand years of abuse by the elements," Colby Broadwater said.

In addition to viewing the demonstrations, the public could attend guest lectures.

"Everyone can interact and network to build a stronger community," event coordinator Patrick Guglielmo said.  "It's also a great opportunity to show what we do here in the jail - it's not just about ghosts."

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