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Hammer Time in the Blacksmith Shop

by Cory Marie Podielski on November 13, 2015

in Around Campus, Blacksmithing, Special Events

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Blacksmiths worked while onlookers enjoyed the show on Friday, November 6 during the 3rd Annual Hammer-In.

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Items created at the Hammer-In: Wine rack / Fireplace set / Colonial cookware set

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Mike working with the torch on the vise.

The Friday night before the Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction, over 25 blacksmiths of the Southern Appalachian region met in the Clay Spencer Blacksmith Shop for a Hammer-In to collaborate on fine artisan projects to donate to the auction.

This was the 3rd Annual Hammer-In and the shop was open to the public to view the smiths in action. A large crowd enjoyed watching professional blacksmith working together in the shop.

Tim Ryan and Pattie Bagley served delicious fare and the evening was a merry affair for both the audience and working blacksmiths alike.

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Blacksmiths enjoyed collaborating and spending chill time with each other in the Clay Spencer Blacksmith Shop.

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Smith in training! Learning to shape clay on the wooden anvil is a perfect way to learn blacksmithing fundamentals.

Blacksmiths worked into the wee hours of the morning on many projects to put into the auction the following day. Teams worked on a wine rack, a fire place tool set, fireplace andirons, a Colonial cookware set, and more.

We are so thankful to them for their generosity and helping to make our 2015 Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction a huge success. The total raised by all the dontated items (including all the Hammer-In masterpieces) was $18,527.

JCCFS Resident Blacksmith, Paul Garrett commented that the annual Hammer-In is a rare and fun opportunity for blacksmiths to get together to share ideas and collaborate on projects in a relaxed atmosphere. Many of the blacksmiths who participated are instructors at the Folk School throughout the year, but they never get a chance to cross paths in the shop. The Hammer-In is an annual opportunity for smiths to congregate.

Thanks blacksmiths for all your hard work, creativity, and dedication!

Interested in Blacksmithing? Browse our upcoming Blacksmithing class at the Folk School.

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2015 Hammer-In in the Clay Spencer Blacksmith Shop

Team strike to get the work done efficiently.

A big thanks to Paul Garrett for sharing all his Hammer-In photos!

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