Our next program is the Spring Hammer-In with Peter Braspenninx demonstrating on April 26-28, 2019 at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY.View registration options here While in college it was a visit to Scott Lankton’s shop that got Peter interested in smithing. After a brief stint working for a local smith he set up a small shop of his own and got to work, learning from books and trial and error. As he puts it, “Time at the anvil has been the greatest teacher.”
Peter’s demo will be done as a few small projects, each with a different group of ideas and approaches. He will show his plan and preparation for the project, touching on design and intention, measuring and estimation. Then the forging will illustrate how that all comes together in making each part of the form. Peter wrote that if he were to title the demo it would be “Element Development”.
Some of the techniques and skills he will draw on are: slit and drifting holes, isolation of material, forge welding, project planning, and form development. “I want to show how I go from paper to completion with an idea.” 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 forging skills to make modern forms.