Illinois area Blacksmiths**
Posted 08 January 2010 - 10:21 AM
Posted 08 January 2010 - 11:15 AM
Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association:
Illinois Valley Blacksmith Association
Knowing nothing about that part of the US, someone with either of these guilds can be of help to steer you in the right direction.
Also Mark and Mindy Gardner are wonderful people. They have demonstrated for us, and also teach a class here for us every year. Here is a link to their site:
Hope this helps...I am sure others will have some better resources for you.
Posted 08 January 2010 - 12:03 PM
Having no knowledge of Blacksmithing other than reading about it and not having easy access to a class, im in a bit of a bind. If anyone knows of any places around St. Louis, Illinois where someone can teach me, by all means let me know. I would love to take a class, I've just been unable to find any. I live 15 minutes out of St. Louis. Im wanting to learn how to Smith blades if that matters, im sure any blacksmith could head me in the right direction though. It's just going to be hard to teach myself something such as this.
I have sent you a Private Message telling how to contact a local mentor and instructor of beginning classes right in your area.
Happy Learning to You
Whacked on Hot Metal...Liked it...alot!
Posted 08 January 2010 - 12:27 PM
Posted 08 January 2010 - 08:30 PM
Posted 09 January 2010 - 01:01 AM
www.bamsite.org is right across the river in MO also
i am a blacksmith in saintcharles county and a member of bam if you pm me i will try and get you some forge time when it gets a little warmer
or a little less snowy
Posted 09 January 2010 - 09:47 AM
Posted 09 January 2010 - 10:01 AM
If it can't be fixed with a big hammer, it's an electrical problem!!....(Author unknown)
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