Just received some images by one of the other members of my pattern welding class who has been taking pictures during the week. All credit for photography goes to Freddie Patane- thank you! Enjoy the pictures, click to view them larger- sorry for so many pictures of myself...
Just an update here- after a summer away from the forge, the Roundhouse Blacksmith is back and open for business. After a week long class at the Peters Valley School of Craft in New Jersey on pattern welding I am back at my own forge and ready to start producing lots of new things. I highly recommend looking into Peter's Valley if you are interested in crafts of all kinds. They offer many classes in blacksmithing, fine metals, woodworking, fiber, ceramics, photography, glass, printmaking, and probably others as well. The class I took was amazing- I learning more in the 5 days there than I did in months trying to teach the same topic to myself. Basically, I can't say enough good things about the experience and although I could keep going I will stop for now. But seriously, I suggest at the very least browsing their website and current course offerings.
I am just finishing up a draw-knife that I started at the course actually (I'll include a progress shot below), and am preparing to start trying my hand at full time smithing this fall. Along with all sorts of new functional and traditional blacksmithed pieces I am excited to start up some strictly sculptural projects as well- specifically I am curious to continue the joining of stone and wood within a piece together. We'll see where it goes soon...
These are some images I came across that I saved some time ago. They are good reminders that the art of blacksmithing is one of tradition and history. The process of heating and shaping iron is one that humans have been doing since as early 1200 BC (wikipedia, 2015) at the start of the iron age. Following the footsteps of those who have arduously experimented and learned the techniques and processes that I use today with my forge and hammer is an amazing feeling. It's one of my motivations to keep smithing- to keep learning from those that practiced blacksmithing before me. These images have been on my computer for some time, and therefore I no longer have the sources from which they originally were found. I apologize and please let me know if I should, for some reason remove them.