Just finished

I just finished up this fossil mount for a client.  The ammonite fossil slab is about 22'x28"x3" and weighs a bit over a hundred pounds, I would guess.  The size and weight made designing a wall mounting system a bit of a challenge, but I finally decided to mount it much as though it was a big precious stone set in a piece of jewelry.  The prongs are silicon bronze and the remainder is stainless steel, as it is mounted on an outdoor gallery wall and has to be rust proof.fossilfossilfossil mountedfossil mounted

Scissor-making in China

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Check out this news story on scissor-making in China.  In the video clip, the smith puts the steel into an old brick forge and heats it - in an induction coil!

Spring Schedule of Workshops

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Freeform Power Hammer Forging with Jon Ledford – Saturday, April 20, 2013
Our power hammer tooling and dies were set up according to the specifications of innovative blacksmith and educator Uri Hofi. Instructor Jon Ledford will show you how to make a power hammer perform acts of beauty in steel. For advanced students only. $220 includes materials. 9:30 AM- 4:30 PM

Center for Metal Arts

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The Spring Schedule of workshops is now available.

Center for Metal Arts 2013 Spring Workshop Schedule

Register now for workshops that provide hands-on learning from experienced teachers in a congenial and supportive atmosphere. Explore the metal arts in applications from sculpting and forging to jewelry.

New Project

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For quite a while my wife Sally has been asking me to make her a stand for this wooden box she has. After some years of procrastinating I finally got around to doing something about it.  Of course, as I so often do, a simple project turned into something much more complex once I got started.  The final result is absurd overkill for the intended purpose, but I do like the result.

new Art Metal member saying hey!

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hey good folks, Just signed up to this Art Metal site. I'm just checking out the site, it seems cool & informative. I really dig MetalSmithing and creating Metal Art. I have a few dozen original design projects and thought I'd share a recent one (unfinished).

oh wow. got my picture in the paper

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Recent article in the newspaper about our local blacksmith guild. Check it out.

News Sentinel Article on Blacksmithing

Great Conference Sept. 21-23

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Hot ziggety damn, it's that time of year again!  In just three weeks I'll be off to my favorite conference.

The Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil (SOFA) will be hosting their annual QuadStates Roundup from Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23 at the Miami County Fairgrounds in Troy, OH. This is one of the premier conferences for blacksmiths in the U.S. and it's a "must attend" event for me.  I'm delighted that my health will allow me to attend and connect once again with all my friends and other smiths from around the country. 

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Outstanding Video on File Making

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You gotta check this out - almost a tutorial on how to forge your own file.