Aug 3, 2015
Dennis Dusek is an artist blacksmith who lives in the beautiful
foothills around Placerville, CA. He has been the vice president of
the California Blacksmith Association. Dennis is always pushing and
growing his artistic forging skills. He loves to collaborate
with other skilled blacksmiths making larger forged projects.
To see an example of a successful collaboration bench project he
headed, you can read this blog post,
. He enjoys making sculptures, tools, tables, garden gates, and
more. He often demonstrates and teaches blacksmithing in the
vineyard blacksmith shop at Boeger Winery.
What We Talked About
- Dennis talks about his demonstration he and Brett Moten did at
the NWBA Spring Conference in Longview Washington. Their
demonstration was inspired by Claudio Bottero and when Dennis
assisted Claudio at the ABANA 2012 South Dakota conference.
Dennis and Brett made a sign for the NWBA; it included a few of
Claudio Bottero’s fullering and breaking techniques, along with
forged “NWBA” letters attached with a pair of tongs. The sign
is installed in front of the NWBA’s forging center.
- Dennis’s passion for blacksmithing lead him to assist for Mark
Aspery demonstrations at some of the California Blacksmiths
Association workshops. Soon Dennis was assisting more skilled
blacksmiths, which gave him the skills to become a demonstrator
- Blacksmithing was introduced to Dennis in college, through a
metal art class. The class had a blacksmith come in for a
demonstration, John McClellan; this caught Dennis’s attention and
he soon began collecting blacksmithing tools. Since then, he
has become good friends with John and has worked with him on
- Working as a machinist for a living Dennis kept his
blacksmithing craft as a hobby for many years. A near-death
experience changed his outlook on life and how he wanted to be able
to make a living being a full time blacksmith.
- We talk about how blacksmith associations enhance our
blacksmithing skills and communities.
- Dennis assisted John McClellan on a massive
gate project that a 2-week deadline from start to
installation! John was able to recruit Mark Aspery, John
Barron, Brett Moten and Mark Kochan to help as well. The gate
had over 500 pass-through’s.
- Dennis and Brett Moten make sets of power hammer tools for the
blacksmith. The set comes with six inserts that fit tightly
into tongs, and each insert can be custom made for your liking such
as fullers, top and bottom swages.
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