Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing
Teaching of the Hand and the Mind
“I really enjoy seeing the moment that a student starts to get it. When the hammer finally starts hitting true and the work suddenly starts getting easier. Also, it gives me a chance to introduce the curious person to a world of creativity I know and love, to educate them on the mysteries of working metal hot.”
“The process of taking two or three or four separate pieces of material and then join them together, essentially on a molecular basis, is magical to me.”
“My greatest delight is to encourage and help those individuals find a path to their creative voice. I want to make it safe for them to take that chance. I want to bring out the best in people.
I have all this knowledge. If I keep it to myself, I’m the only one who gets to enjoy it. If I teach, I get to pass that joy on to a classroom of new artists.”