The Blacksmith's Apprentice
European blacksmiths have a clearly defined training program, and here in the USA, the Artist Blacksmiths of North America (ABANA) has also written a program for training journeyman blacksmiths. Mark Emig's class is based on the ABANA model, with a one-day intensive in the basic skills of the blacksmith-artisan. This is a focused one-day course in mastering the fundamental skills of the blacksmith.
If you have taken other blacksmithing classes, this class is a chance to practice your skill in the basic forms. "Forge a thousand tapers, and your hammer hand will know what is needed" is the advice to the blacksmith. For beginners and for blacksmiths working on perfecting their forging skills. Make it look effortless, and you are on your way to mastery!
Mark and the Center for Metal Arts are pleased to offer this workshop at a significant discount to make it possible for beginning students of all ages to have access to an intro class in blacksmithing instruction.
About Mark Emig:
Mark Emig is a self-employed blacksmith in Hurley, NY. He has been forging for 20 years; ten years as a hobby smith and ten years running his own shop. Mark's work is primarily architectural in nature; he creates custom railings, gates, fireplace doors, and furniture on a commission basis.
Mark studied with Mark Aspery, Uri Hofi, and Tom Ryan in several week-long workshops. Otherwise self-taught, Mark says, "Other than that, it has been practice, practice, practice."
Introducing the skills of the forge to new audiences is of special interest to Mark, and he has often worked with younger students. Mark is active in the Northeast Blacksmith Association, and teaches blacksmithing at Peter's Valley and other venues, where he focuses on teaching the basics.
*Or to register by mail: Send deposit with the name of the workshop and your contact information--name, address, phone number and email address to: Center for Metal Arts, PO Box 30, Chester, NY 10918
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