Instructors

Our instructors build on a foundation of tradition and deep history to teach you with their lived experience. Check out their bios and keep an eye out for their workshops.

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Patrick Quinn

With a passion for sculpture and education Patrick uses forging as a vehicle to express himself sculptural and uses toolmaking and teaching as a way to share what he find […]

Geoff Feder

Geoff Feder is the owner of Feder Knives a custom knife company in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Graduating with a BA in Studio Art at Kenyon College, Geoff […]

Elizabeth Brim

Elizabeth Brim is a blacksmith as well as a teacher, living in western North Carolina. She is best known for feminine imagery in her ironwork. A native of Columbus, Georgia, […]

Caitlin Morris

Caitlin hangs out with the misfits and scallywags.  She sings loudly and out of tune.  She is partial to walks in the rain.  But most importantly: Caitlin loves blacksmithing. She […]

Joe Doyle

Joe is a licensed Professional Engineer and an adjunct mathematics instructor at Montgomery College, a community college in Takoma Park, MD.  He began his journey into metal forging 17 years […]

Jesse & Carrie Savage

Jesse and Carrie are metal artist blacksmiths located in the heart of Central Vermont. They use hammers and anvil to traditionally forge iron work the old fashion way, with a modern […]

Stephen Yusko

Stephen’s studio is located in Cleveland, OH, where he creates objects using mixed materials combined with forged, machined and fabricated steel. Yusko has taught at several schools and universities, including […]

Peter Braspenninx

Pete Braspenninx, owner of Phyre Forge, is a graduate of the University of Michigan school of art and design (2004). He is an artist, blacksmith, and educator.  His work has […]

Salem Straub

Salem is a full-time Washington State based bladesmith and teacher, specializing in culinary knives, daggers, and various integral forged blades. His main areas of interest are in the historical work […]

Matt Jenkins

Matt Jenkins spent childhood watching his father craft the world around him. As a young adult, he worked beside his dad in the blacksmith shop at Lower Fort Garry. Having […]

Haley Woodward

Haley is a blacksmith and educator. He started working with metal in undergrad before moving to Austin, Texas, focusing his time on learning blacksmithing at Austin Community College (ACC). While […]

Nick Rossi

Nick Rossi has been making knives since 1998 and has taught bladesmithing since 2006. Drawing inspiration from traditional forging techniques Nick uses simple tooling and direct methods to make unique, […]

Michael Barton

I am an Automotive Engineer by trade, and an avid hobby blacksmith. My first love is tool making and I am very interested in sculptural forging (I am early in […]

Pete Mattila

  Currently based in lutruwita/Tasmania, Australia. My work celebrates complex histories, in art, craft, and design as well as in industrial expression. While simultaneously identifying the practice and understanding of […]

Rebekah Frank

Rebekah Frank received her Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2012 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas State University in 2010. Her chosen material […]

Megan Dean

Megan started building bike frames in 2009 after attending classes at the Yamaguchi school in Colorado. As a messenger and track racer in LA, her builds started there and have […]

Zack Noble

My current work involves stretching and expanding on traditional techniques in an effort to create modern designs with a focus on craftsmanship. I make sculptural, functional, and architectural work and […]

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Peter Ross

I became interested in forging in 1970 at the beginning of the Blacksmith revival in America. At the time, most smiths were using hand tools and 19th century equipment. That […]

Jake James

Jake James is a blacksmith and sculptor with over 20 years of forging experience. Trained in the UK, and based for the last 16 years on Vancouver Island, BC, he […]

Nick Anger

Nick Anger is a full-time bladesmith living in northern Vermont, who is passionate about patterned welded steel. Nick’s forgings embody the essence of a finely crafted blade, with patterns and […]

John Williams

John has been forging for 20 years, and instructing in forge-work for 15. Very early on, he developed a passion for old, hand-forged tools. Instruction in those days in tool-making […]

Luke DiBerardinis

Luke DiBerardinis is a restoration contractor specializing in reproduction hardware. He was born in an 18th century mill house and forged his first thumb latch in 7th grade metal shop. […]

Anna Koplik

Anna Koplik attended Pratt Institute for a BFA in Jewelry and has worked at Peters Valley School of Craft, Atlas Forge, Touchstone Center for Crafts, Spirit Ironworks, Inc., and most […]

Addison de Lisle

Addison de Lisle earned his BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry at the Maine College of Art in 2011.  After a class at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft, he was […]

Seth Gould

Seth Gould is a metalsmith and toolmaker who creates and ornaments utilitarian objects that range from simple tools to highly embellished locks. His work, which is strongly influenced by historic […]

Erica Moody

After her school years of playing with old cameras and dark rooms filled with chemicals and eerie light, Erica turned to the fine building trades and learned to be a […]

Dan Neville

Dan Neville received his BFA in metalsmithing from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and recently his MFA degree in metalsmithing at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Dan has taught at […]

Nate Weiss

Hailing from south central Pennsylvania, Nate Weiss is a metalsmith whose passion for metalwork began as a teenager. Gathering an education from craft schools such as Penland, Touchstone, and Peter’s […]

Greg Gehner

Greg Gehner started his blacksmithing career in 1997 when he earned a BFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In 2005, he established Transit Forge in northwestern Pennsylvania, where he […]

Aaron Beck

Aaron Beck is the sole proprietor of Handwrought Tools in Deer Isle, Maine. His training was through a series of apprenticeships in Montana, Wisconsin and Mississippi. His work is informed […]

Reid Schwartz

Reid Schwartz is an artist and interested human – He has been carving wood for most of his life and making tools for over 15 years. His explorations into traditional […]

Andrew Dohner

Andy is a third generation steelworker that started his career in 1992 as a welder and fabricator. In 2002 he made a transition into decorative metalworking with a focus on […]

Lee Sauder

Lee began blacksmithing in 1973 at the age of 12, when he began his apprenticeship to Larry Mann. He has been a member of ABANA since 1974. After a 2 […]

Steve Howell

Steve has been immersed in industrial arts all his life. He is currently the director of production at the Sahale fabrication shop in Seattle, Washington. Steve’s deep personal interest in […]

Marie DeWerff

Marie DeWerff, born in Bloomington, IL received her BFA in metalsmithing at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. While there she was the recipient of the 2015 Rickert Ziebold Trust Award as […]

Darren Fisher

Darren Fisher is a Keyport, NJ artist whose works in metal, wood and earth include jewelry, furniture, decorative arts and indoor/outdoor installations. After citations for Outstanding Achievement in Fine Art […]

Fred Crist

I live in Charlottesville, VA, and my studio is located in an industrial complex in Waynesboro, VA. It is about 1500 square feet filled with the usual blacksmithing tools, 2 […]

Doug Wilson

Doug Wilson received his BFA from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI., in 1973. A metalsmith since 1973, and operating his studio on Little Deer Isle since 1981, his work […]

Aaron Wilburn

Erica Bello

Erica Bello studied metals/jewelry design at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts where she received her BFA. In 2014 Bello won the Halstead Grant for emerging artists […]

Tom Muir

Tom Muir is Distinguished Research Professor at Bowling Green State University, where he is head of the Jewelry and Metalsmithing area in the School of Art. He received his MFA […]

Dan Widolff

Daniel specializes in high end functional items, architectural elements, and unique decorative artworks. He pursued his artistic education at Southern Illinois University (SIU) graduating in 2014 with a concentration in […]

Adam Whitney

Adam Whitney has been a metalsmith for over a decade. His skill set is varied and reflects the wide processes and techniques pertaining to metalsmithing. Adam received his BFA in […]

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