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 […]

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 has been included in numerous private collections, national exhibitions and publications. He has been a demonstrator at several national and international blacksmithing conferences including six […]

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.  

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Peter Brasspenninx

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 metalsmithing and sculpture. Daniel further enhanced his artistic abilities and technical knowledge by having worked for many accomplished metal artists within the United States and Canada. He has […]

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 Crafts from Virginia Commonwealth University where he concentrated in Jewelry and Metalsmitihing. He further developed his skills in metalsmithing as a bench jeweler making custom […]

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 and in 2017 she was chosen to speak at the 46th annual Society of North American Goldsmiths conference as an Early Career Artist. In addition […]