California Forging

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Hello everybody, I've been looking around here for a couple hours now and I'm pretty happy to find a site that brings so many talented metalsmiths together! I've just finished my service enlistment and have been forging my own knives and nick-nacks for about a year now. I would really like to work for a professional forge if there is work/help needed in the southern California area. Maybe you, or someone you know is in a situation to take on a hard worker and motivated learner? Thanks for reading, Happy New Year!


QuiQue's picture

Welcome to ArtMetal

Welcome to ArtMetal Woodford. I know there are many blacksmiths on the West Coast. I wish I could recommend someone, but I'm here on the east coast and really don't know the folks on the west. Maybe someone in the west can chime in.


Ries's picture

For some reason, there arent

For some reason, there arent a whole lot of professional smiths in So-Cal.
I lived there for ten years, and hardly met any.

But I would heartily recommend, if you wanna find em, and for your general education and entertainment, that you make it to the spring conference of the CBA.
http://www.calsmith.org/springconference.html


Woodford's picture

California Forging

That looks like a good place to start. Thanks for the heads up!Now here's hoping I don't have a mediocre job that might keep me from making the trek up north in April... I'll just hold out with unemployment and backyard forging until then! ;)

= On the Plains Of Hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of victory sat down to rest, and resting, died. =


Jamie Santellano's picture

SoCal

You might want to get in touch with Tony Swatton...He is a Master Blacksmith out in Burbank and has his own shop. He may be an excellent person to talk to about Blacksmiths in the area...

His creations are handcrafted, and are accurately made in accordance to history. Tony specializes in armour and props for film and television, and those who like to collect period pieces. He makes one of a kind pieces and does not mass produce.

I was really impressed to see all his creations as well as books that he refers to. Some of his masterpieces include Hook, and Pirates of the Caribbean. I felt as if I was in a museum of the Medieval times with all the Chain Mail and Armour. He has made many pieces, and from what I understand he works all the time.

I did get to sit and talk for a bit with Sue...she does the Chain Mail for Tony. She even demonstrated one of the weaves I've been trying to learn, but have not been able to get the pattern.

Tony was also doing some demonstrations, but I didn't get to see as he had such a big crowd around him. I do plan on going back to visit when there isn't so many people around. Maybe even get to talk metal with him.

Here is the link to his website: www.swordandstone.com

Phillip Bowling is also another Blacksmith out in North Hollywood. I worked with him for a very short time making firescreens. You could check out his work as well. http://nobleforge.com/ I believe he knows many other Blakcsmiths as well, or at least he could point you in the right direction.

Adams Forge would also be a great resource...this is the same circle of people that Tony Swatton demos for...here is the link: http://www.adamsforge.org

Hope that helps...

Cheers,

Jamie Santellano


Woodford's picture

SoCal

Glorious! Now I'm really excited, thanks Jamie! You're also out here in SoCal? Do you accept visitors to your studio?

Dustin "Woody" Woodford
= On the Plains Of Hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of victory sat down to rest, and resting, died. =


Jamie Santellano's picture

Yes, I was born and raised

Yes, I was born and raised here in SoCal...got into metalworking about 4 1/2-5 years ago. I took some Welding classes at the Community College, and fell in love!

I do have my own studio, but it is private...this year I do plan on attending some of the blacksmithing classes given by Adams Forge...it's always a good thing to keep up on education...

Glad to be of some help!

Cheers,

Jamie Santellano


visitor's picture

forging new friends

I don't know about California but in Washington I have found lots of established blacksmiths that are willing to teach. I would join a local blacksmiths association and attend their conferences, I know Darryl Nelson at Meridian Forge has work shops regularly. I was lucky enough to become good friends with Gary Eagle at knob hill forge and get my start, and like most I spent the first year making the tools that are needed,which I guess is a never ending part of this wonderful trade. good luck
Tom Malissos