Dec 28, 2015
Well, 2015 has been excellent. We’ve shared so much
content through BlacksmitHer Radio and I have to say it’s been so
much fun and nothing short of EPIC?
Let’s re-cap what we’ve heard and
Way back in January 2015 we found out about a touchmark that
includes an anvil and gap-toothed smiley face…who was that,
anyone??? That’s Dawn Raines touch mark from episode #14.
Jodie Bliss, episode #14, told us that she writes a business
plan every 6 months to stay on the right path.
Then we heard straight from the owner of Nimba anvils, Jim
Garrett in episode #16. How he and his brother became the owners
and Jim’s latest project of 2 tons of forged bronze on a houseboat
for a railing.
Randy McDaniel told us about his new Hydraulic Forging Press
book that he recently published with SkipJack Press and we heard
from the owner of Skipjack Press Al Krysan. They have a
plethora of blacksmithing books.
Then in February Tom Willoughby talked about the cool factor and
his anvil vultures in episode #19.
Tim Cisneros told us the story behind the “wave Bench” and can
you remember who said this remark? “For every hammer blow there
should be a pencil stroke.” That was Mark Aspery in episode
We learned that Monica Coyne’s blacksmith shop runs totally off
the grid. Then we hopped over to Australia to hear Mary
Hackett talk about the women’s blacksmithing group called
Then it was back to Cali, Weaverville in fact and the
collaborative bench project that won an award at the Western States
Conference in March,
Carley Eisenburg talked about being on the Ellen DeGeneres show
called Ellen’s Design Challenge and Todd Daniels from NOMMA said
“to affiliate, the more you give the more you get”.
In April we heard Tobbe Malm talk about his Bolt Poetry and the
Iron Rose Project in Norway.
May and June episodes were filled with great interviews of the
CanIronX demonstrators: Albert Paley, Grant Haverstock, Zeevik
Gottleib, Ian Hope Simpson, Lorelei Simms and her 7 generations of
In the heat of July Dennis Dusek talked about his black-eye and how
it was messing up his make-up routine in the mornings.
Michael Budd from Ireland told us this on taking risks:
“Sometimes you have to learn a new technique for a job and even
though it might take twice as long, it pushes you forward as a
craftsperson, artist and designer. It's not the most cost-effective
way to work, but if you always choose most the cost-effective way,
you won't produce the most interesting work.”
In September we heard from a guy that out of his 2-car garage
this active duty US Army Sargent offered free knife-making classes
dubbed “Blade Therapy.” The organization is known as Resilience
Forge and Nate Bocker is still bringing the therapeutic effects of
blacksmithing to a wider community.
Then we met Lynda Metcalfe, how she was part of a team that won
the NOMMA Top Job Silver Award for a decorative railing near
Charlotte, NC. It took 475 hours for her to design, build and
install the 30 foot railing.
Frosty the Lucky told us all about his T-burner and the Alaskan
blacksmithing scene. Then we hopped across the country to
upstate NY and learned about the Adirondack Folk School and their
largest course is blacksmithing.
Over Halloween Mark Aspery and I talked about the upcoming
teaching tents and forging competitions at ABANA’s main conference
in Salk Lake, Utah in July 2016. Do you remember the hints he gave
that will help you win the competitions? Listen to episode #46.
Then we met the new Hammer’s Blow editor, Dan Nauman, Wisconnie
or Wisconsin. I’ve got to tell you guys something, I went to
a Rocky Mtn Smith conference in 1998, this was when I met the
infamous Francis Whitaker. Anyway I remember a demonstrator
there who dropped an unfinished spiral basket in the slack tub, and
he reached all the way down to the bottom, found it, all the while
making a huge fuss of how gross the water was in the slack tub,
he’s rooting around and then pulls out a completely beautiful
finished spiral basket and said “see what the slack tub can do to
your iron”….oh, everyone laughed and Francis nearly fell off his
On a more serious note Andy Blakney told us about Quick and
Dirty Tool Company’s warehouse fire, Victor Plitt talked about his
new online blacksmithing forum called “The Iron Forge Fire”
Kate Dinneen told us all about the upcoming Ypres, Belgium
blacksmithing event to honor WWI veterans and their families.
You know they are still looking for submittals for a panel design,
you have until January 31st. Yes, I am submitting a design
with Dennis Dusek, it’s about the American Field Service AKA
AFS. “As German troops stormed into France in the summer of
1914, the American Colony in Paris inaugurated a volunteer
ambulance service to transport the wounded from the front lines to
the American Hospital on the outskirts of Paris.” Some of the
drivers were women which was a big deal at the time. And 18
yr. old Ernest Hemingway was a driver for the AFS and used the
experience as the basis of his novel A Farewell to Arms. So
that’s our idea, what’s yours???
coppersmiths on her mother’s side!
We went across the “pond” to talk to Adriane Legge who told us
about the 7 P’s, prior planning and preparation prevents piss poor
performance. We stayed across the pond, in England and talked to
Terrance Clark’s daughter Rebecca Knott and how she held her first
hammer at the age of 3!