Feb 12, 2018
This week I’ve got Haley Woodward and Colby Brinkman out of
Austin Texas. To get a good idea of each of their forging
skills have a look at each of their websites, www.Haleywoodward.com and
We had a great conversation about the each of their blacksmithing
backgrounds, the Austin Forging Competition they started, which by
the way is coming up on April 21st and let me announce the
competitors that will be there this year; Monica Coyne, John Rais
and Steven Yusko, The Vasquez Brothers, Mike Rossi and Daniel Beck,
JR Lodico, Jim Masterson and Logan Hirsh (2017 winners), Meagan
Crowley and Elizabeth Brim, James Viste and Brad Nichols.
Anyway, Haley and Colby talk about the infamous bus ride to Mexico
and about their duo demo at the CBA Spring Conference.
And that brings us to our sponsor for today’s episode and that’s
the 2018 CBA Spring Conference organizers.
To register, head over to www.calsmith.org and click on the
events tab for the online registration button.
What We Talked About
- While Haley was in college when he took a sculpture class with
a metal working component, after making several welded sculptures
he searched for a blacksmithing college program to further his
metal working skills. He found that Austin Community College
offered a few blacksmith classes and moved to Austin for
- Haley and Colby met on a college field trip to Mexico, actually
a 37-hour bus ride to Santa Clara Del Cobre, Mexico for a 3-week
copper smithing course.
- Colby’s background also started with taking classes at the
Austin Community College in 1995.
- Colby spent 2 years in Europe as a blacksmith apprentice,
specifically with Joseph Muck in the Czech Republic, Sebastian
Fisher in Spain and Claudio Bottero in Italy.
- Haley and Colby talk about how the Austin Metal Authority
started, basically because they needed a name for a studio tour
they participated in.
- The Austin Forging Competition is an annual event that Haley
and Colby started in their Austin Metal Authority shop, they talk
about how it has now moved to the Mobile Loaves Community site and
has about 1000 attendees.