2017 Course Information: Blacksmithing
Both a practical skill and an art form, blacksmithing is a full body/mind experience. This workshop covers all the fundamentals with instruction in fire management and basic forging techniques with anvil, hammer, tongs and other tools using solid fuel forges. Students will have the opportunity to make their own punches and chisels from recycled and high carbon steel and, if time permits, can work on individual projects and receive guidance for future projects. Patrick will try to accommodate individual interests if students contact him ahead of time to discuss their goals. There will be plenty of one-on-one time. This workshop is open to all levels, but be aware that becoming a skilled blacksmith requires many years of hard work and learning. Minimum age is 18, unless over 16 and accompanied by a parent.
1859 MC 4026, Everton, AR 72633
REGISTER BY:October 20th
Instructor :Bob Patrick
Bob Patrick is a master Blacksmith. He graduated from the Midwest Ferrier School, was Head Blacksmith at Hale Farm and Village, opened Big Anvil Forge, and established Big Anvil Forge School of Blacksmithing. He was three times selected Master Blacksmith for the State of Missouri and is a founding member of the Blacksmith Association of Missouri (BAM). He presented demonstrations at the Frontier Folklife Festivals, 3 ABANA conferences, CanIron, and he taught at John C. Campbell and Ozark School of Blacksmithing. Bob Patrick lives and works in the beautiful rural area of Everton, AR. The nearest motels and food are 15-25 miles away. So he offers the rare chance to not only work in his personal studio, but to stay in his home. Bob's wife, Mary, is also an artist and her mosaics cover the exterior walls of their house, creating a magical environment.