Nov 6, 2017
This is the Blacksmith Buzz Bulletin. Where you get the
low-down about upcoming classes and events that are happening in
the following month, I’m talking about December 2017 for this
If you have an event or class you would like to submit, send an
email to email@example.com and I will
send you the details I need for the press release.
I have to apologize for not releasing this on Nov 1st, 5 days
ago. I was visiting my family in Virginia Beach and before
that, I attended the FABA conference in Ocala Florida watching the
incredibly talented master blacksmith and sculptor Claudio Bottero
who is from Italy.
- The conference began on Oct 27th and ended on the 29th and the
demonstrators were Claudio Bottero, Lisa Johnson, a
jewelry/metalsmithing director at an art center in Florida and Sam
Salvati, a bladesmith from Maryland.
- It was so magical to watch Claudio and his son Massimiliano,
aka Massy, forge an incredible human figure sitting on a throne.
The whole sculpture ended up being about 5 ft tall.
- Claudio worked with strikers the whole time, using many
different sized top and bottom fullers to shape the legs, head,
face, arms and hands.
- In fact a lot of the fullers he was using (maybe a set of 10
sizes) were made by Dennis Dusek, who was there striking for him,
along with others. Dennis has a great system for these fullers, he
forges custom tongs that hold all 10 different sized inset
fullers. You can private message him on Facebook or
Instagram, Dennis Dusek.
- Sunday, Claudio taught a 6-hour masters class to 6 lucky
students who were handpicked for the class. He taught them how to
forge a hand and a finger. Anyone at the conference could
watch the class, and see the progress of each of the
- One thing I picked up on was how Claudio always dunked his
long-handled wire brush in water before he brushed the hot piece.
He explained that the steam produced popped off the scale faster
while brushing. I will be trying this because the end result
was really clean metal.
- If you want to hear more about the conference, I’ll be having
Shaun Williams, the conference coordinator, on the show soon, a
little something to look forward to. But if you want some instant
gratification head over to the FABA facebook page for pics and
videos of the conference.
Now onto the first announcement which is a special announcement
about a possible upcoming Tire Hammer Building class, this
announcement is to see much interest there would be for this class.
Let me tell you the scoop and then you can decide if you would like
to attend it:
Tire Hammer Build class instructed by Clay Spencer
The dates would be April 19th-22nd, with a pre-work session on
the weekend preceding the workshop, they are shooting for about
12-15 participants with everyone leaving with a finished hammer
Held in Troy Ohio at the SOFA facility
Approximate cost $1500
If interested contact Mike Brennan at firstname.lastname@example.org by
Details will be available soon on the SOFA website
Payment should NOT be sent at this time. Just an email to