Our next program is the Fall Hammer-In with Elmer Rousch demonstrating on September 28-30, 2018 at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY.Register Here We have Elmer Roush from Brasstown, NC as our demonstrator for the Fall Hammer-In. Elmer is known for his edge tools such as hewing axes, froes and hatchets as well as dividers, calipers, locks and kitchen utensils. He has studied the ironwork of the 18th & 19th centuries to learn to create historically accurate objects in the manner and style of the smiths of that era. Elmer began smithing on his own in 1970 and eventually took classes at Arrowmont, Haystack and John C. Campbell Folk School. He also had an opportunity to work with Master smith Vaclav Jaros from Czechoslovakia.
Since 1987, Elmer has been smithing full time producing tools, 18th Cent. hardware, architectural ironwork as well as a production line of candle holders, letter openers and fireplace tools. In addition to teaching at Peters Valley, Touchstone, Appalachian Center for Crafts and John C. Campbell, in 1999 Elmer helped set up the blacksmithing program at Cearta Inneona in Ireland, where he was head instructor and acting CEO for a year. For the first part of his weekend demo Elmer will make a socketed chisel with a welded socket and bit. Following that he will work on a fancy flesh fork that he will detail with chased and engraved designs. Elmer has a good reputation as an instructor and demonstrator so we can expect an interesting and informative demo. Don’t miss it! For more on Elmer’s work: http://www.elmerroush.com
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