Thursday, October 20, 2011

Claude Moore Follow-up

One of the nicest things about doing demonstrations is meeting lots of great people.

One such family contacted Jeff prior to last weekend's Claude Moore Market Fair to verify that he was going to be demonstrating there; the father wanted to show his son the art of blacksmithing.  It was really wonderful to meet them, and they sent us the following photo of Jeff in action:

Likewise, it's also great to reconnect with folks who have bought some of Jeff's work and hear how they enjoy what he made for them.   Not only did Jeff find out that a colonial-style trivet (to be used with an open fire) worked wonderfully for this family, but he later received this photo of the piece in use:

Thanks so much!

Monday, October 17, 2011

October Market Fair at Claude Moore

We had another wonderful weekend Market Fair at Claude Moore Colonial Farm as I demonstrated non-stop and my wife interpreted.  I made decorative leaves, custom hooks, candlestick holders and various other items as we visited with the 3,000 or so people who came out for the fair. 


It is great fun to get to show the art of blacksmithing with others -- it's amazing how interested people are in the craft.  Not only do folks like to learn about what we are doing at the anvil and forge, but they also really connect with my desire to create something with my hands (you can only do so much email!). 

We wanted to thank all of you who came out to see us -- it's wonderful to look out into a crowd and see friends! Thank you!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Blacksmithing Social

I have taken to inviting a group of blacksmithing buddies over lately to get a bit more of the social side of the craft I love.  Today I got to spend some good solid time with Steve Walthall, who is a gifted proefessional farrier.  We know different sides of the trade and Steve always seems to be able to teach me things from a different point of view, so it is great to hang out together.

Can't wait until the next time!