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I am happy to say that I just got a new job managing, organizing, and teaching knifemaking, blacksmithing, and metal fabrication classes in Brooklyn! Metal Shop Fantasy Camp (I didn't choose the name, haha) currently offers introduction to metalwork and welding classes, and I am coming on to add beginner knifemaking and blacksmithing classes. I got the position because of the success of my test-run of the "Forge your own bottle opener" classes, and am now going to be able to offer a wider range including several types of knife making classes. Classes start in a couple weeks, I will follow up with more specific information when the schedule is solidified, but in the meanwhile I need your help with recommendations for what sort of classes would interest you or you think would be popular. Additionally, anyone interested (or knows someone that might be) in coming to guest teach or demonstrate should let me know. Jason Knight and Tom Ward have expressed interest, so we already have a great start! Can't wait to get the community's opinion, Theo
I wanted to take a moment and post here, since it hasn't been mentioned yet. Bladesmith Nate Bocker, myself, Jim Crawford, and a handful of others have been working to start a non-profit entity dedicated to the teaching of forging (broadly, not just knives, though they are an obvious focus) to wounded veterans. Nate started this as a hobby, reaching out to the Warrior Transition Battalion at Ft. Belvoir, and it has grown powerfully from there. While there is fundraising going on, that's not the focus of my bringing it up here. We're also looking for tools, safety equipment, etc., that might be useful in a second home if you're done with it. Worn out tong? We'll re-forge them. Bulk leather gloves you have too many of? We can use them. That sort of stuff, from the mundane bag of earplugs up to large power equipment that needs a good home. We're in the process of relocating out of Nate's garage in base housing, and will have non-profit information soon for anyone wanting a tax deduction. If money and tools aren't anything you can help us with, books, videos, any educational material is always welcome too. If you are within striking distance of Washington DC and would like to be personally involved, hit us up and we'll be happy to work something out with you. Larry Harley and Bill Wiggins will be here in a couple weeks for a weekend-long course in knifemaking, not dissimilar from the French Camp activity pinned above, but for wounded veterans and their families, the focus of our program. We've already hosted Dr. Sandy Klein, and hope to have others visit in the coming months. If the least you can offer is simple encouragement to our students, please feel free to do so on our facebook site, https://www.facebook.com/resilienceforge Our main website is http://www.resilienceforge.com/ Mostly what we're looking for is partnership with other smiths in whatever way makes sense for them and us, encouragement and enablement for our students, and fellowship with them as they progress and enter "the club." Feel free to spread the links around, all the awareness we can get helps. Nobody makes a dime off donations, it all goes to our legal and operating costs, facility, tools, equipment, etc. These are guys who would have trouble leaving their room all week, but they come out for this. They get purpose, they get education and skills, they get a finished product at the end of each project, they're getting tools they make with their own hands to self-supply them moving forward. They get a future, a new "tribe" to belong to, and I hope not too long from now you see some of them posting their work here. Thank you for your kind attention.
Nate Bocker has been busy, and is too shy to toot his own horn... so I wanted to share this with you guys. It's an ongoing activity, and a few of us are working with him to help expand it as we can this coming year. http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/local/2014/11/11/wounded-warrior-uso-turkeys-for-troops-tra-madkins-jonathan-porges/18824125/ Video won't embed, but the page it takes you to is one of our local news stations. Feel free to spread the love.