2018 ABANA Conference

Schedule

  • 27 June
  • 28 June
  • 29 June
  • 30 June

Breakfast

06:30 AM 10:00 AM

Finishing Set-up for Demos

10:00 AM 12:00 PM

Opening Ceremony

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Linda Tanner

Gallery Flux

11:00 AM 08:00 PM

Break for lunch

12:00 PM 01:00 PM

Family Program - Acrylic Painting

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Lecture - George Dixon

01:00 PM 02:00 PM

Teaching Tent - Chain Demo and workshop

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Gerald   Franklin

Teaching Tent - Drop tong demo and workshop

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Gerald Boggs

Beginner Tent - Back Scratcher - ages 8 to 18

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Jeff Dunkelberger

Demo - Pavel Tasovsky

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Pavel Tasovsky

Demo - John Medwedeff

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

John Medwedeff

Demo - Michael Dillon

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Michael Dillon

Demo - Susan Hutchinson

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Susan Hutchinson

Demo - Chris Shea

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Chris Shea

Demo - ABS

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Demo - POMMs Group

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

POMM's Group 

Demo - Farriers

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Jennifer Horn

Mini Demos by Education Staff

03:00 PM 05:00 PM

Dinner Break

04:00 PM 06:00 PM

Family Program - Repousse Class

06:00 PM 09:00 PM

Lecture - How To Get Started in Forging with Dan Nauman

06:00 PM 09:00 PM

Dan Nauman

Beginner Tent - Back scratcher age 18+

06:00 PM 09:00 PM

Jeff Dunkelberger

Gallery Flux Reception

06:00 PM 08:00 PM

Demo - Zack Noble

06:00 PM 09:00 PM

Zack Noble

Demo - Andrew Kyte

06:00 PM 09:00 PM

Andrew Kyte

DEMO - ABS

06:00 PM 09:00 PM

Demo - POMMs Group

06:00 PM 09:00 PM

POMM's Group 

Demo - Farriers

06:00 PM 09:00 PM

Roy Bloom

Chain Competition

07:00 PM 09:00 PM

Darryl  Nelson

Closing of the day

10:00 PM 10:30 PM

Gates locked at 11pm

11:00 PM 11:00 PM

Breakfast

06:30 AM 10:00 AM

Teaching Tent - Steak turner

08:00 AM 12:00 PM

Gerald   Franklin

Family Program - Basket Making Class

09:00 AM 04:00 PM

Family Program - Acrylic Painting

09:00 AM 10:30 AM

Family Program - Armor Class

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Family Program - Leather Working

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Lecture - Zack Noble

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Zack Noble

Teaching Tent - Tool making

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Mark  Aspery

Beginner Tent - Forged Leaf Key Ring

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Jeff Dunkelberger

Nicholas Kimball

Demo - Pavel Tasovsky

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Pavel Tasovsky

Demo - John Medwedeff

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

John Medwedeff

Demo - Michael Dillon

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Michael Dillon

Demo - Susan Hutchinson

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Susan Hutchinson

Demo - Chris Shea

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Chris Shea

Demo - ABS

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Demo - POMMs

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

POMM's Group 

Demo - Farriers

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Roy Bloom

Jennifer Horn

Demo by Bob Menard or Bob Valentine

10:00 AM 12:00 PM

Gilders Paste

10:30 AM 11:30 AM

Gallery Flux

11:00 AM 08:00 PM

Break for Lunch

12:00 PM 01:00 PM

Family Program - Broom Making Class

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Family Program - Armor Class

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Family Program - Acrylic Painting

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Lecture - So...you want to make money as a Blacksmith with Leigh Morrell

01:00 PM 02:00 PM

Leigh Morrell

Lecture - Design for Forged Ironwork with Dan Nauman

01:00 PM 02:00 PM

Dan Nauman

Teaching Tent - Animal Heads

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Darryl  Nelson

Beginner Tent - Forged Leaf Key Ring

01:00 PM 02:00 PM

Jeff Dunkelberger

Nicholas Kimball

Demo - Pavel Tasovsky

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Pavel Tasovsky

Demo - John Medwedeff

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

John Medwedeff

Demo - Michael Dillon

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Michael Dillon

Demo - Zack Noble

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Zack Noble

Demo - Andrew Kyte

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Andrew Kyte

Demo - ABS

01:00 PM 02:00 PM

Demo - POMMs Group

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

POMM's Group 

Demo - Farriers

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Teaching Tent - John McLellan

02:00 PM 05:00 PM

John  McLellan

Demo - ABS

02:00 PM 04:00 PM

Demo - BBQ Fork

03:00 PM 05:00 PM

Gerald   Franklin

Dinner Break

04:00 PM 06:00 PM

Members Meeting

06:00 PM 07:00 PM

Family Program - Acrylic Painting

06:00 PM 07:30 PM

Family Program - Repousse Class

06:00 PM 09:00 PM

Lecture - Sculpture Dillon with Michael Dillon

06:00 PM 07:00 PM

Michael Dillon

Lecture - Advanced Apprenticeships in US and Europe with Andrew Kyte

06:00 PM 07:00 PM

Andrew Kyte

Competition - Cookware

06:00 PM 09:00 PM

Gerald   Franklin

Beginner Tent - Forged Leaf Key Ring

06:00 PM 07:00 PM

Jeff Dunkelberger

Nicholas Kimball

Demo - Patrick Quinn

06:00 PM 09:00 PM

Patrick J.  Quinn

Demo - Stuart Hill

06:00 PM 09:00 PM

Stuart A. Hill

Demo - ABS

06:00 PM 09:00 PM

Demo - POMMs Group

06:00 PM 09:00 PM

Demo - Farriers

06:00 PM 07:00 PM

ABANA Board Meeting

07:00 PM 08:00 PM

Closing of the day

10:00 PM 10:30 PM

Gates locked

11:00 PM 11:00 PM

Breakfast

06:30 AM 10:00 AM

Teaching Tent - Tongs with welded reins

08:00 AM 10:00 AM

Mark  Aspery

Darryl  Nelson

Family Program - Basket Making

09:00 AM 04:00 PM

Family Programs - Broom Making Class

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Family Programs - Armor Class, part 1

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Family Program - Leather working

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Lecture - Replicating Complex Antique Forging with Stuart Hill

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Stuart A. Hill

Teaching Tent - Twisted Tongs

09:00 AM 01:00 PM

John  McLellan

Beginner Tent - Grill Skewers

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Jeff Dunkelberger

Nicholas Kimball

Demo - Pavel Tasovsky

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Pavel Tasovsky

Demo - John Medwedeff

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

John Medwedeff

Demo - Michael Dillon

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Michael Dillon

Demo - Susan Hutchinson

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Susan Hutchinson

Demo - Chris Shea

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Chris Shea

Demo - ABS

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Demo - POMMs

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

POMM's Group 

Demo - Farriers

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Teaching Tent - Ellen Durkan

10:00 AM 12:00 PM

Gallery Flux

11:00 AM 07:00 PM

Break for Lunch

12:00 PM 01:00 PM

Family Program - Acrylic Painting

01:00 PM 02:30 PM

Family Program - Repousse Class

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Family Program - Broom Making Class

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Family Program - Armor class, part 2

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Lecture - Yellin Gates Restoration with Kim Thomas

01:00 PM 02:00 PM

Kim Thomas

Lecture - Professional Smiths - How can ABANA help you? with Leigh Morrell

01:00 PM 02:00 PM

Leigh Morrell

Teaching Tent - Tomahawk

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Gerald Boggs

Beginner's Tent - Grill skewers

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Jeff Dunkelberger

Nicholas Kimball

Demo - Pavel Tasovsky

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Pavel Tasovsky

Demo - John Medwedeff

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

John Medwedeff

Demo - Michael Dillon

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Michael Dillon

Demo - Patrick Quinn

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Patrick J.  Quinn

Demo - Stuart Hill

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Stuart A. Hill

Demo - ABS

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Demo - POMMs Group

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

POMM's Group 

Demo - Farriers

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Teaching Tent - Flux Spoon

02:00 PM 04:00 PM

Gerald   Franklin

Demo - Bob Menard - Bottom Tls

03:00 PM 05:00 PM

Dinner Break

04:00 PM 06:00 PM

Newspaper Editor Meeting

04:30 PM 05:30 PM

Family Program - Acrylic Painting

06:00 PM 07:30 PM

Lecture - Fundamental Forging Methods for Complicated Ironwork Chris Shea

06:00 PM 07:00 PM

Chris Shea

Lecture - Public Art and Architectural Metalwork with John Medwedeff

06:00 PM 07:00 PM

John Medwedeff

Beginner's Tent - Grill Skewer

06:00 PM 09:00 PM

Jeff Dunkelberger

Nicholas Kimball

Demo - ABS

06:00 PM 09:00 PM

Demo - POMMs Group

06:00 PM 09:00 PM

POMM's Group 

Demo - Farriers

06:00 PM 09:00 PM

Competition - Tong Making

07:00 PM 09:00 PM

Mark  Aspery

Closing of the day

10:00 PM 10:30 PM

Gates locked

11:00 PM 11:00 PM

Breakfast

06:30 AM 10:00 AM

Teaching Tent - Punching and drifting

08:00 AM 12:00 PM

Gerald   Franklin

Mark  Aspery

Family Program - Basket Making Class

09:00 AM 04:00 PM

Lecture - Forging Sculptures in Iron with Patrick Quinn

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Patrick J.  Quinn

Lecture - “Affiliate Organizations: How can ABANA help you?” with Leigh Morrell

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Leigh Morrell

Teaching Tent - Animal Heads

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Darryl  Nelson

Beginner's Tent - Makeup (any previous projects)

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Demo - Pavel Tasovsky

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Pavel Tasovsky

Demo - John Medwedeff

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

John Medwedeff

Demo - Michael Dillon

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Michael Dillon

Demo - Zack Noble

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Zack Noble

Demo - Andrew Kyte

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Andrew Kyte

Demo - ABS

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Demo - POMMs Group

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

POMM's Group 

Demo - Farriers

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Family Programs - Leather Working

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Demo - Bob Menard - Miner's Candlestick

10:00 AM 12:00 PM

Family Program - Gilders Paste

10:30 AM 11:30 AM

Break for Lunch

12:00 PM 01:00 PM

Lecture - Vacant

01:00 PM 02:00 PM

Teaching Tent - Mortise and tenon

01:00 PM 05:00 PM

John  McLellan

Beginner's Tent - CLOSED

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Demo - Pavel Tasovsky

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Pavel Tasovsky

Demo - John Medwedeff

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

John Medwedeff

Demo - Michael Dillon

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Michael Dillon

Demo - Susan Hutchinson

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Susan Hutchinson

Demo - Chris Shea

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Chris Shea

Demo - ABS

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Demo - POMMs Group

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

POMM's Group 

Demo - Farriers

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Teaching Tent - Tomahawk

02:00 PM 05:00 PM

Gerald Boggs

Demo - Ellan Durkan

03:00 PM 05:00 PM

Dinner Break

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Drawing for the Iron In The Hat

06:00 PM 06:00 PM

AUCTION

06:00 PM 10:00 PM

Sponsors

Exhibitors

Demonstrators

Speakers-Lecture

Butch Sheely

     I started bladesmithing and blacksmithing in 1982, after getting involved in reenacting. For the next twenty plus years I forged knives, tomahawks and various other items, mostly for reenactors. Thirteen years ago I started bladesmithing and black­smithing full time. I take great pride in making the best knives and tomahawks - that I can, starting with forging, grinding, and heat treating, and the hand sewn leather sheaths.

     I joined the American Bladesmith Society in 2005 after attend­ing a number of ABS hammer-ins in Michigan and Ohio. In 2009 I was awarded my journeyman rating from the ABS. My long term goal is to achieve the master smith rating.

     Most of the working knives that I make are forged from 5160, I also use 1084, 1095 and 52100. The majority of the damascus that I make is 1084 and 15N20.

     I use only natural materials for handles, including: wood, stag, antler, horn and bone. I believe that the appearance and feel of natural materials fit the style that I make. I have always en­joyed traditional style knives, axes and tomahawks. I believe this goes back to how I got started in reenacting.
My demonstration will be forging a traditional style wrapped eye tomahawk, similar to a European Trade Axe. I will:
•Forge weld the main body
•Forge weld the carbon steel bit
•Forge the cutting edge to shape
•Drift the eye
•Hot file
•Heat treat

J.W. Randal

     I have been in the weld­ing/steel fabrication business for 37 years, working on everything from building drilling rigs to industrial contracting. The creative side of me has pulled me around to artistic blacksmithing. I do interior ironwork for homes such as: stairs, railings, entrance doors and gates. I also make 30- ton hydraulic presses for knifemakers. I started making knives in 1998 and was honored to become an ABS master smith in 2003. It is hard for me to believe I have been a master smith for 15 years. I am also a big outdoorsman, and I love to bow hunt. I also love to spend time with my family, who has always supported me in knife­making. God has blessed me to be creative and work with my hands, and He gets the glory.

I love Damascus steel, and the challenge to make knives that customers can cherish.

At the 2018 ABANA Conference, I will be doing demos on mosaic and powder Damascus, design and concept.

Harvey Dean

     Harvey has been handcrafting Knives since 1981 and began hand-forging blades in 1986. As a mem­ber of the American Blade­smith Society, he received his mastersmith rating in 1992. In the summer of 2004, Harvey was selected to serve on the American Bladesmith Society board.

     Since 2015, Harvey has served as Chairman of the ABS. He was inducted into the American Bladesmith Society Hall of Fame in August of 2016. He forges carbon steel and damascus blades. In the last few years he has started forging and offering straight razors in addition to knives. He provides sole author­ship pieces that include his own engraving. In 2007, Harvey was honored to be selected as one of twenty-five knifemakers to exhibit at the Art Knife Invitational.

     Harvey shares his knifemaking knowledge as an instructor at the Texarkana College-American Bladesmith Society's "Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing" in Washington, AR. Over the years, Harvey has taught at knifemaking seminars in a number of states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Michigan, Montana, New York, and Texas.

     Harvey hosts two knifemaking seminars a year with Johnny Stout, in New Braunfels, Texas. His knives have been featured in many publications and magazines worldwide.

Demo Description:

The presentation will include a demonstration of basic forg­ing techniques of blades and basic damascus. Blades will be forged to shape.

Jennifer Horn

     I am a certified journeyman farrier. I have been serving the northern Michigan horse owner community since 1990. In addition to my career as a farrier, I am also a creative artist-blacksmith. The skills I have employed in my horseshoeing business have allowed me to branch into the artist-blacksmith world where I enjoy working with hot steel to create fun, beau­tiful and functional works.

     I operate Daisy Hill Forge in Sault Ste. Marie, Ml. I am an active member of the execu­tive board of the Michigan Horseshoers Association. I've also served in other aspects of the farrier industry. I participate at state-level farrier competi­tions and have competed with the World Championship Black­smiths, LLC. I am a member and regular demonstrator for the Michigan Artist Blacksmith Association. I am a proud member of ABANA and happy to demonstrate under the farrier tent at this year's conference.

     I love learning and continuing to further my education and skills by attending several class and workshops annually. Clay Spencer is one of my biggest mentors, and I love learning about Francis Whitaker.

Demo description: Efficient and Effective.

Farriers are generally efficient at forging and have great ham­mer control. Learning hammer control, understanding your tools, and working efficiently will improve your productivity and expand your forging. This demo is designed with forging exercises to inspire ideas to improve your hammer control. Farriers can also be very competitive; knowing your competi­tion is a great way to evaluate your work. Tips about evaluat­ing work will also be explained.

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Roy Bloom

     My journey started in 1971, working for Rick Kreis. He encouraged me to go to North Texas Horseshoeing Institute. I did and graduated in May of 1973. I found the American Farriers Association in 1984. I completed my basic certification in 1985, and journeyman certification in 1986. In 1989 I was the alternate on the American Farriers Team, on the team in 1990, and the Silver Team in 2001. Since then I have done clinics and classes in 40 states and four Canadian provinces. I received the Outstanding Educator Award in 2001. I have presented at the AFA convention twice; Lexington in ‘94, and Rochester in ‘98. I judged the convention contest twice; Albuquerque in ‘97 and Lexington in 2010.

     In 2004, I was honored to be invited to Australia to judge the Australian Nationals in Perth. I traveled to 4 other provinces giving clinics in each. In 2007, I was honored to judge the World Championship Blacksmith Competition in Calgary, Alberta.

I have also been honored to have judged 5 times for the WCBC, including the Classic in 2011. In 2001, I was inducted into the Horseshoeing Hall of Fame. I served as Team Coordinator from 2002 to 2009. This journey has also produced a great many articles for numerous trade magazines. Along with Dave Farley, I have produced a number of instructional videos. In 2010 I was contacted by Jeff Ridley and asked to become involved in a new farrier organization he was formulating, so the journey continues.

     At the 2018 ABANA Conference, I will probably demonstrate making some V-jaw tongs, tongs on the Big Blu Hammer, and more.

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Patrick J. Quinn

     Patrick J. Quinn currently runs the forging program at the Center for Metal Arts where he teaches the resident blacksmithing classes and coordinates the visiting artist workshops. Patrick has taught blacksmithing, fabrication, and tool making at Southern Illinois University, The Penland School of Craft, The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and The Adirondack Folk School.

     My work is driven by process. I am very interested in the physical properties of metal and how it can be manipulated through the combination of applications such as heat and pressure. I Find it important to hand make all aspects of my work, including nuts and bolts that can be found inexpensively at the hardware store.

     I feel hand making all aspects of my work, including hardware puts me in touch with tradition and history, most specifically a time period where all items and tools were made by yourself or a local craftsman. To make nuts and bolts by hand rater than buy them at the hardware store is a task that I feel puts me in touch with the history of metalworking and industry, also giving my work more of an original feel

     The sculpture I build is comprised of several pieces and components. Assembling work from handmade elements gives me great satisfaction. I use abstract imagery, with form and line as vehicle for creating and using components such as hardware and hinges. The challenge of making something work and balance with several moving parts is a task that inspires me, and I find small kinetic works a perfect form to express my interest in handmade hardware, and mechanical connections.

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Michael Dillon

     Creating sculpture for public spaces is Michael’s passion. As an artist/blacksmith living and working in North Georgia, he has more than 25 years experience creating both functional and sculptural works of art. Recent large-scale public sculptures include “Aileron” for Nashville, TN “Ascension” for the City of Duluth, GA and “Victory” for Bell Memorial Park in Milton, GA.
     
Through careful and intricate engineering, Michael strives to create pieces that are visually uncomplicated and graceful, that engage and inspire wonder within the viewer. Michael’s public work is modern, and narrative. Most of the work is forged, using large industrial steam and mechanical hammers. These hammers are the same ones that were used in America’s industrial age. They have been refurbished and repurposed. Their mark making imparts a sense of history in each piece, speaking to the significance our past has on our future.

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Chris Shea

   Chris Shea has been a professional smith for 20 years, creating furniture and architectural metalwork by commission. His work is included in the perma­nent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery and in numerous private collections around the country. Shea's work has also been exhibited at Fuller Craft Museum, Woodson Art Museum, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, the Metal Museum in Memphis, The Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, and at Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia. Chris studied metalsmithing at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee and at Penland School of Crafts.
     
 Chris's demonstration will cover techniques involved in the creation of his "Bough" candelabra, including pipe forging, riveting and rivet making, forging to precise dimensions, and various finishing processes. Chris will also discuss aspects of design and his approach to working in a one-man shop.

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Andrew Kyte

     Andrew honed his skills in blacksmithing, silversmithing, and modern fabrication through many years of on-the-job experience with internationally recognized master craftsmen in the U.S. and Europe.

Today he runs Kyte Metalwerks in his home town of Ann Arbor MI.

His 2018 ABANA Conference demonstration will use the photography of Karl Blossfeldt (Art Forms in the Plant World, copyright 1985, Dover Publications) as a design inspiration. Andrew will create a series of pieces to emphasize the importance of referencing rather than duplicating creative influences.

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John Medwedeff

    John has been producing monumental site-specific public sculpture, sculptural fountains, architectural ironwork, and furniture for over 30 years. At 19 he began a three-year blacksmithing apprentice-ship with Jim Wallace at the National Ornamental Metal Museum (NOMM) in Memphis, TN, and afterward earned his master of fine arts degree in blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He opened Medwedeff Forge & Design in 1988. Concurrent with his studio work, John has curated exhibitions, taught sculpture and blacksmithing workshops at numerous craft schools, lectured at universities and symposia across the country, and serves on the NOMM Board of Trustees.
    
     John Medwedeff and Medwedeff Forge & Design studio supervisor, Megan Robin-Abbott, will demonstrate a fusion of rolled and pressed plate forms with forged bar elements to create abstract sculpture. Medwedeff’s aesthetic choices, engineering considerations, and finishes for outdoor metalwork will be discussed in the context of creating monumental public art.

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Pavel Tasovsky

     Pavel graduated from the School of Artistic Craftsmanship in Prague with his graduation work “Zvěrokruh” (Zodiac) in 1978. During 1981-82, in the Moravské Muzeum (Moravian Museum) in Brno, he attended and graduated from the professional course of museum conservators – specializing in metal and wood. During 1998 – 1999, he attended and graduated from the Master’s School of Artistic Craftsmanship in Prague with the graduation work Hamounovo křeslo (Hamoun’s Easy Chair).

     After graduating in 1978 and up to 1989, he worked in the forge workshop Uměleckých řemesel (Artistic Craftsmanship) in Brno. He worked on noteworthy orders such as: Malovaný dům (Painted House) in Třebíč, the Špilberk castle, the Moravské Zemské Museum (Moravian Earth Museum), and the pilgrimage church in Křtiny.

     In 1989, he founded a forge workshop in the town of Náměšť nad Oslavou and began to pursue free creations. In 1992, he started having individual exhibitions.

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Zack Noble

     I have been working with metal for almost twenty years with a focus on forged architectural metal-work. Working out all the problems that arise daily in a custom forge shop keep me in love with our craft. I can only hope people in other fields get to learn something new everyday.

     My demonstration will focus on a sculpture. I have not had the time to narrow it down as of yet, but I am leaning toward a mobile type piece or a sculptural wall piece.

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Stuart A. Hill

    Stuart A. Hill has been a blacksmith and fabricator in Denver, CO since 1998. He has executed work for luxury residences in the Colorado resort towns of Aspen, Vail, Beaver Creek, and Cordillera, with oc­casional work in and around his hometown of Denver. His work has been published in Art and Antiques, Natural Home, Timber Framing, Architecture and Design of the West, and Luxe magazines.

     In 1999, he was introduced by a family friend to the work of the French Art Deco period. The work of Edgar Brandt, Paul Kiss, Raymond Subes, and other French smiths have provided him with inspiration ever since.

     "I think what strikes me the most about their work is the sense of perfection, without concentrating on perfection", says Stu­art. "While much of the work requires skill, there is a combination of precision and insouciance that finds balance in the culmination of a whole. My hope is that through demonstrating some of what I've learned, I can help those interested in developing the skills to make this type of work less intimidating."

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Susan Hutchinson

     Susan combined a traditional studio art degree (Berea College) with studies at Penland School of Craft (Core program 1989-90), and John C. Campbell Folk School. She spent 20 years as a studio artist and has been a member of the Southern High­lands Craft Guild since 1992. Since then, she has taught and presented at conferences around the country. Her work is for the most part functional, incorporating fluid lines in space and references from nature.

     Susan's ABANA Conference demos will focus on how she varies basic and intermediate techniques to produce unique designs. She will show how to establish a balance between controlling the material and using chance and serendipity to advantage. Most techniques and tooling are geared toward one-person shops.

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POMM's Group

     The Patient Order of Meticulous Metal­smiths will be creating a sculpture depicting decoratively embellished tools and other items made by smiths of the past, and mounted like spokes of a wheel. This will be suspended above a repousse anvil in a frame designed to be displayed on a table or wall. Five smiths will be working with hand tools at coal forges to shape the parts which will be finished and decorated at the workbenches. The smiths will show and explain the forging, chasing, engrav­ing, repousse and joinery employed. Patient Order partici­pants include: Tom Latane, Tina Chisena, Peter Renzetti, Kim Thomas, and Kevin Clancy. Long time members of the Patient Order, Paul Spaulding and Michael McCarthy, will be contribut­ing pieces, but they will not be at the conference to demonstrate.

     Participants with the Patient Order of Meticulous Metalsmiths that will be demonstrating at the ABANA Conference (clockwise from upper left): Tom Latam\ Kim Thomas, Peter Renzetti, Tina Chisena, and Kevin Clancy.

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Mark Aspery

The teaching tent will be dedicated to teaching the basics of blacksmithing, from Forge Welding, Tool Making (and heat treatment) to Punching and Drifting. There are a number of “Take Home” projects that will also appeal to the novice/intermediate smith, with Darryl Nelson leading a Bear’s Head workshop and Gerald Boggs leading a an Axe workshop. The workshops are arranged in 3 or 4 hour blocks with staggered starts, beginning at 8am and ending at 5pm.

28 June

29 June

29 June

30 June

Gerald Franklin

The teaching tent will be dedicated to teaching the basics of blacksmithing, from Forge Welding, Tool Making (and heat treatment) to Punching and Drifting. There are a number of “Take Home” projects that will also appeal to the novice/intermediate smith, with Darryl Nelson leading a Bear’s Head workshop and Gerald Boggs leading a an Axe workshop. The workshops are arranged in 3 or 4 hour blocks with staggered starts, beginning at 8am and ending at 5pm.

27 June

28 June

28 June

28 June

29 June

30 June

Darryl Nelson

The teaching tent will be dedicated to teaching the basics of blacksmithing, from Forge Welding, Tool Making (and heat treatment) to Punching and Drifting. There are a number of “Take Home” projects that will also appeal to the novice/intermediate smith, with Darryl Nelson leading a Bear’s Head workshop and Gerald Boggs leading a an Axe workshop. The workshops are arranged in 3 or 4 hour blocks with staggered starts, beginning at 8am and ending at 5pm.

27 June

28 June

29 June

30 June

John McLellan

The teaching tent will be dedicated to teaching the basics of blacksmithing, from Forge Welding, Tool Making (and heat treatment) to Punching and Drifting. There are a number of “Take Home” projects that will also appeal to the novice/intermediate smith, with Darryl Nelson leading a Bear’s Head workshop and Gerald Boggs leading a an Axe workshop. The workshops are arranged in 3 or 4 hour blocks with staggered starts, beginning at 8am and ending at 5pm.

28 June

29 June

30 June

Gerald Boggs

The teaching tent will be dedicated to teaching the basics of blacksmithing, from Forge Welding, Tool Making (and heat treatment) to Punching and Drifting. There are a number of “Take Home” projects that will also appeal to the novice/intermediate smith, with Darryl Nelson leading a Bear’s Head workshop and Gerald Boggs leading a an Axe workshop. The workshops are arranged in 3 or 4 hour blocks with staggered starts, beginning at 8am and ending at 5pm.

27 June

29 June

30 June

Jeff Dunkelberger

27 June

27 June

28 June

28 June