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 was essentially non-existent, so of necessity, he’s primarily self trained. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. After many hours of trial and error, numerous renditions of tooling, forging processes, as well as doing all of his own design work, he’s built a skill-set which enables him to develop and tackle the projects that excite him, and in his teaching, to help others to do the same.