Episode #19 “Tom Willoughby;The Blacksmithing Blues”

Tom Willoughby is a blacksmith working in Crowne Point Indiana.  He is a multi-talented gentleman who is a woodcarver, blacksmith, has hand drawing skills and songwriter.  He holds classes in his Willoughby Forge and Anvil shop in Crowne Point.

Drawing of a building Ax in Branch Rams head Tom Willoughby style

What We Talked About

  • He was a farrier for 34 years and he believes that horseshoeing and blacksmithing go hand in hand
  • He learned most of his blacksmithing techniques from Clifton Ralph and Roy Bloom
  • A childhood story about his lazy eye and having to wear a patch when he was a little boy shaped who he is today and what kind of a blacksmith he has become
  • The story about the anvil vultures he makes and how he makes them
  • Feb 19th Anvil Vulture Class in Tom’s shop
  • We talk about the size of his shop and what the layout looks like
  • He thinks a post vise that is mounted correctly one of the most important tools
  • The metal chicken’s he has made that have over 400 horseshoe nails for the feathers
  • How he keeps time on each project
  • His pricing strategies include the difficulty of the piece and the costs to run the shop
  • The “Blacksmithing Blues” song he wrote and how he wanted to go to Nashville for a music career!
  • Hoot Hester and Tom’s song they wrote together called “The Blacksmith Song”

Guest Links

Tom’s Facebook page –  https://www.facebook.com/tom.willoughby.9?fref=ts

Tom talking about his vultures on YouTube: http://youtu.be/ImOX5tFHfv8

Blacksmithin Blues song on YouTube: http://youtu.be/vO73Em2u0R0

Blacksmith Song on YouTube: http://youtu.be/XVgkUPXGGSI

ArtPrize Event in Michigan  – http://www.artprize.org/

A Big Thank You to today’s sponsor – Nimba Anvils, www.nimbaanvils.com


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