may, 2020

16may8:00 pm4:00 pmDemo - Tucson - Gerald Boggs

Event Details

Demonstrator – Gerald Boggs

Axe head and handle fit. Technique: Slit and drift eye for handle

* Registration begins at 8:00 AM, the demonstration starts at 9:00 AM.
* Registration fee:
$15 for members
$20 for non-members
* Lunch is on your own. There are several good eating places nearby.
* Bring things for Iron-In-the-Hat and Show-and-Tell.
NOTE: No folded tickets. Any folded tickets that are drawn will be thrown away.
Don’t forget to put your name on anything you bring for Show-and-Tell.
* Tailgating is encouraged.
° Tailgaters, please consider donating to Iron in the Hat.

As always, safety glasses are required in the demonstration area.
Hearing protection, closed—toe shoes, and long clothes of natural fibers are highly recommended.

Gerald’s introduction to the Craft of the Blacksmith started in 1988 with the serendipitous event of walking into a small blacksmith gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia. I was instantly enthralled by the hand forged iron. I called the smith, Stephen Stokes, and was invited to come to his shop the next day. After a brief tour of the shop, Stephen put me in front of an anvil and taught me how to forge a chisel and center punch. After the heat treatment, he told me “You’re now free, because never again will you be beholding to any man for your tools” During the noon meal, I was shown books with the works of Robert Bakewell (Famous English Blacksmith) and the Davies Brothers (Famous Welsh Blacksmiths). By the end of the day, I realized I had met my “doom”, I would be a blacksmith from then on. I have craved and pursued learning the skill of the blacksmith from that time on. After our first meeting, I spent every free weekend working in Stephens shop. I say “free” as I was in the middle of a career in the Army. But once I retired from the Army, I returned to Stephen’s shop and began to work for him. I spent about three and half years there, then went to Britain to spend a few months in Stephen’s father’s shop (Now run by his brother) After returning to the US, I opened my own studio “Wayfarer Forge”. I’ve continued my learning by working for other smiths in the area and by taking at least one class every year. Since 2007 I’ve been training under the guidance of Mark Aspery. I consider myself a tool maker first and an artist second.”


(Saturday) 8:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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544 E 24th St

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