A two day collaborative invitational metalworking event hosted by Red Cod Forge in Nanoose Bay, just in time for Father’s Day!
We had the privilege of being on the demonstrator’s list for the first annual M.I.A (Metal artists In Action) event hosted by Dave Kasprick of Red Cod Forge. Also on the list were Jay Holbrook, a mixed media sculptor of copper, steel, and wood, as well as John McGeachy, blacksmith and tool maker still swinging the hammer at the age of eighty-two.
John McGeachy making an endless forge weld on a reclaimed wrought iron bridge pin brought to the event by attendees. Oh that heats were this long in the real world!
John McGeachy making a chisel from an old jackhammer bit.
Dave Kasprick moving some serious steel to create an oversized leaf for an installation piece.
Jay Holbrook, the master of texture and patina, creating one of his copper fish pieces one facet at a time.
Davej the islandblacksmith using a freshly forged staple vise, sen, and drawfiling technique to prepare a clay tempered blade for polishing.
Q: How long does it take to make that forge weld? A: 60 years and 10 minutes. Any further questions?
Three strikes with the hammer: 2$
Knowing where to hit it: Priceless