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Dave English

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I've had about two years of experiance in blacksmithing. I'm taking classes at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista, California, where we enjoy about fifteen forges and anvils. I had a couple of classes at the Grape Day Park in Escondido, but gave it up for the larger Vista site. I may yet join them too because of all the old-timers there.

My start in blacksmithing came about when I was doing a wood carving demonstration at Heritage Park in Oceanside, right near the San Louis Rey Mission, when I noticed that there was an empty blacksmith shop, so I talked my way into being the blacksmith. I get in there only once in a while, but when it's open, I'm there. I get school groups coming by once a year, 4th-6th graders, and with my background in prospecting I can entertain and inform the kids about blacksmithing, mining in California and our local gems in Pala.

I've published twice in the slick b&w newsletter/magazine for the California Blacksmith Asso., one story each in the last two bimonthy issues. I'm one working forge shy of working at home, I figure this economic downturn is a great time to learn the art of blacksmithing so I'll be ready for when things get better.

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