“ Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble”
Shakespeare set this scene with three witches at the cauldron, not just one. He knew that a number of people working in a group with all of their energy directed towards the same goal increase their potential.
Before the industrial age people worked together making things. It was a necessity. Today, it is not cost effective to make things with your hands and it is really not cost effective to make things with many hands in a group. Due to economics, most skilled craftspeople, these days, work alone. That does not change the fact that two brains are better then one.
Blacksmithing is a skill that is well suited to group projects. Many of the really fun blacksmithing techniques cannot be achieved without at least two people and work even better with three or four. Because of this, every so often, professional blacksmiths from far and wide will come together to make something.
There will soon be an opportunity to see this in action.
Three accomplished blacksmiths and myself will be putting our heads and hands together at the Weaverville Hammer-in on the weekend of March 20th. We will make a bench that we have designed in collaboration for this event.
The Blacksmiths are:Dennis Dusek of Placerville, California, Mike Limb of Klamath Falls, Oregon, Brett Moten of Reno ,Nevada and myself, Monica Coyne of Ettersburg , Ca.
This is happening at the 18th Annual Hammer- In held at the Jake Jackson Museum on 780 Main Street ( Hwy 299) in Weaverville,California. March 19th , 20th and 21st www.TrinityMuseum.org
Along with the group forging, come to the Weaverville Hammer- in to see demonstrations of railing design and construction, Fly press and power hammer techniques and copper chasing and repousse.
Come, be amazed, have fun, get dirty and try your hand at blacksmithing.