Instructors

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 so intrinsic about metalworking with his students.  With a firm belief in “quality work starts with quality tooling,” Pat uses this philosophy to forge the […]

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 numerous schools and universities including the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and Austin Community College in Texas. Dan has exhibited his […]

Haley Woodward

Haley has been blacksmithing professionally since 2001 with an MFA degree in Metal Arts from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Currently Haley runs the architectural and ornamental metals program at Austin Community College. He maintains his own studio in Austin where his work ranges from sculptural forged fine art pieces to architectural ironwork. Haley has been invited to exhibit and teach/demonstrate at Penland […]

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 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 […]

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 style that are unique and impressive. Examples of his work can be seen at angerknives.com or on Instagram @angerknives.  

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 twist. They work in their Rutland Blacksmith Shop. Their work can be found in Vermont Forgings’ gallery, Hand Made in Vermont’s Gallery in Wallingford, VT & many other […]

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 inspired to explore blacksmithing and apprenticed at Wilson Forge on Little Deer Isle, Maine.  In 2014 he was awarded a year-long fellowship in architectural ironwork at […]

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 recently completed an internship at Center for Metal Arts. She has a passion for teaching blacksmithing and showing beginner smiths the many different possibilities blacksmithing […]

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 of Europe and Asia, in vivid and interesting materials, and in exploring new boundaries in all styles of pattern welding. He has been making knives […]

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 metal craftsman by working alongside a metal sculptor and fabricator for several years in Boston starting in 1994, building unique and challenging custom constructions in […]

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 metalsmithing design and technique, typically begins in a coal forge and is finished at the bench with a file in hand. For the […]

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 expanded as her riding styles have diversified as she slowly retreated to a small mountain town in Colorado. Currently, she is building solo in a […]

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 has developed a style that focuses on the gesture and expressiveness that can be brought out in heavily forged material, and in exploring the plasticity […]

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 been shown, collected, and published nationally and internationally.  His work focuses primarily on building shape and line through visual connections and joinery using traditional skills […]

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 by his appreciation for the traditional trades, and his background in history and fine carpentry. With a focus on utility, his work includes specialty tools, […]

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 woodland crafts have grown into a passion for the tools and technologies of first nations makers from around the world. Reid lives on his family […]

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 journeyman blacksmithing. For a six year period he studied at craft schools and artist studios across the US. This time was completely self-motivated with a […]

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 year flirtation with higher education, Lee’s journeyman years included stints with OK Barnes of Camden Maine, Chris Axelson of Carmel California, and Vaclav Jaros of […]

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 metal fabrication bore fruit in 2008, when he succeeded in recreating a complete set of tools and processes for reintroducing the lost art of structural […]

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 well as a Windgate research grant. Marie’s work consists of functional jewelry and vessels that explore forged and fabricated forms. Marie has exhibited her work […]