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Welcome to BlacksmitHER Radio, spotlighting male and female blacksmiths around the world.


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!  

Feb 24, 2015

I had a great time doing a quick interview with Mark Aspery. He's known for his teaching and demonstrating skills of traditional blacksmithing techniques. He travels the country teaching and demonstrating as the "Mark Aspery School of Blacksmithing." Mark is the author of three books, and is the current editor for ABANA’s magazine "Hammer’s Blow."

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

The juicy tidbits that we cover :

  • His favorite part of writing a book. (Spoiler alert - it’s the end!)

  • Tips on photographing metal and tools.

  • Mark's process of producing a book, and how long it takes.

  • His latest favorite hobby of mountain biking.

  • Mark’s most unusual blacksmithing job : straightening a 40 ft long I-beam with an oxy-acetylene set up!

  • Ways that mild steel has changed over the years, and how he enjoyed working with the older version as it would flow better.

  • How he got his YouTube start, and how it has grown to 10 million views.

You can learn more about Mark Aspery and his work on his website, his YouTube channel, the California Blacksmiths Association YouTube channel, and in this NPR interview.


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