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We’re committed to providing a host of resources to male and female blacksmiths of all ability levels through podcast interviews spotlighting your fellow blacksmiths. The podcast interviews are designed to help improve your metal working skills while providing an opportunity to connect with others who share your passion of blacksmithing!  

Jan 5, 2015

“A cologne that smells like burnt leather”

This is a quick interview with Dawn Raines to learn some juicy tidbits about her in a short amount of time.  Dawn Raines is an artist blacksmith working in Austin, Texas. She began her career as a blacksmith after completing her Bachelor’s degree in Art at Texas State University where a lot of her coursework included the Metals and Sculpture Departments. After graduating she found a custom ornamental iron shop called Mind over Metal and apprenticed under Richard Schultz. She worked at Mind over Metal for over four years creating gates, hand railing, architectural hardware, furniture, and a slew of other things that came into the shop.  She is currently teaching Welded Steel Sculpture at Austin Community College and also working in her own shop, Rusty Belly Forgeworks.


If you like what you hear and want to hear more from Dawn Raines, you can listen to our in depth interview, that will soon be available on the podcast page.


What Juicy tidbits are they?


·What blacksmithing associations she belongs to? ABANA, Balcones Forge, NTBA, HABA

·When is she the most creative time of day for her?  She’s a morning person.

·Her most unusual blacksmithing job? A barter with a dentist, a tooth for a railing!

·She prefers architectural work over sculptural, she loves clean lines and exact measurements.

·Her favorite smell in the shop?  The smell of burnt leather!

·The strangest thing in her purse?  A finger puppet and Atlanta 33 tool steel.


Dawn Raines Links:

Website – Click here

Facebook business page- Click here

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