Welcome to 2016 on the Blacksmither Radio show. This is episode #55 and I’m going to talk about a few things I have planned for you and for me.
The theme of 2016 is “Education” for me, for BlacksmitHer radio, and for you! I thought it was fitting since the theme of this year’s ABANA conference is “education” too! A few things that are playing into this theme and the first one is super exciting to me!
I’m introducing BlacksmitHer Academy, www.blacksmitheracademy.com .
The main mission of the academy is offer top notch blacksmithing education online. You will be able to learn from the best blacksmiths around the world right from your own home. It’s like I’m bringing the instructors to you – no travel expenses needed.
There will be:
- Live blacksmithing workshops that are online in my new virtual classroom, they will have specific dates and times
- And eventually professionally created online technique courses, where you can learn at your own pace. Each course will have pictured tutorials, audio of the instructor talking though the steps, pdf handouts and interactive communication with the other students in the course and the instructor. I’m talking with ABANA on tying in their Controlled Hand Forging certification levels so the students going through each level will have direction throughout the series. Also looking into giving out certifications of completed levels. But that’s in the beginning stages right now and there’s a lot to work with that path!
The first two live online workshops scheduled for January 20th, a Wednesday and January 28th, a Thursday. Both at 5pm PST and each workshop will cover 8 different ways of punching and drifting with Mark Aspery as the teacher. And both are free workshops! They are limited to the first 25 people to register.
Registration for the January 20th, 5pm PST Workshop #1:
Registration for the January 28th, 5PM PST Workshop #2:
He will cover 8 modules split into 2 workshops, each about 90 minutes in length.
By signing up and registering for the workshops, you’ll receive exclusive access to my private state-of-the-art virtual classroom where you can chit chat with each other and ask the instructor questions.
I will be hosting a few free live “Happy Hours” on Thirsty Thursdays Jan 7th and 14th in the classroom before the workshops so everyone can get a chance to check out the room, get used to it and chat with each other and about Mark’s Punch and Drift workshop. It’ll be fun, please join me at the “Happy Hour” events, I’ll be emailing my list details and I will post them on the BlacksmitHer website under the live blacksmithing classes tab, so stay tuned for those details.
To join the Happy Hour this week on Thursday, 5:30pm MST click the button below:
Buenos Aries, Argentina Blacksmith and Architect Trip February 28 – March 10, 2016. About 30 blacksmiths and architects are travelling to Buenos Aires to share our knowledge and support the locals in their endaevors in preserving their architecure. The city enjoyed a building boom for 50 years, from 1880-1930, as the capital of what was once one the ten wealthiest countries in the world. As a city lacking in major new construction over the last 80 years, Buenos Aires has felt the loss of the oral traditions of craft. Along with reviving craft, the populace is enthusiastic about the need to preserve their priceless architectural heritage. After we explore the city with locals on the first few days, we will divide into two groups. One group will present three days of blacksmithing demonstrations, 5 stations to be held in a public park, while the second group, US architects with an interest in preservation, will hold meetings and presentations to share their experiences, hear BA architects speak on their work, and seek solutions to current problems in preservation and adaptive re-use of historical buildings. We will be dancing the tango at night and one day we will experience gaucho life on an estancia or ranch. More information can be found on the website http://www.restorationcraftsmen.org/ and I will include some onsite interviews in future podcasts.
I’m’ also trying to plan a trip to Israel this year to take classes from Zeevik Gottleib and Uri Hofi. I don’t know if I told you but I have taken a few lessons from Zeevik online and I really want to learn more about their ergonomic forging and everything else they will teach me. I’m really looking forward to this plan coming together in 2016. Believe me, I’ll share everything I can from that experience.
As far as the direction of BlacksmitHer Radio, I sent out a survey a few months ago to my email list to find out what you wanted to hear and the results were overwhelmingly leaning towards learning new techniques and new projects. So I will be following the education theme to include reading more technical and “how to” articles from various ABANA Affiliate newsletters, with their permission of course!
Also by interviewing more Schools that offer blacksmith instruction and courses. And will interview the instructors too. I’ve interviewed one of them, the Adirondack Folk School in episode #45. I will be talking more about what courses they will be offering this year too.
I want to thank all of the sponsors of the show in 2015, they truly keep the show going, they cover the costs of the show, not all of the hours put into each episode but at least the hard costs of hosting the show are covered by the sponsors. I’ll admit I’m a bit picky when it comes to who I want sponsoring the show. I want them to be not only relevant to blacksmithing but I want them to have quality products to offer you
So see ya later 2015 looking back, I made a few mistakes, I’ve been Impatient, at times a little tactless, and hard to bear with through some episodes. I might not always ask the right questions of my guests or have the right guest for that matter. So my friends, I ask you to forgive my past mistakes and continue to bear with me as I forge ahead with this show and other endeavors I bring to you this year. Welcome to 2016, the here and now. I hope everyone has the best and safest year of their lives.
I’ll leave you with this quote from Mark Twain “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”