Writer, Artist, Novice Blacksmith...

Blacksmithing | Mallory Battista

Learning Blacksmithing

I have always been interested in metalwork; as a kid I made sculptures out of bare copper and steel wire and as an adult I became fascinated with the idea of blacksmithing. I first met a local blacksmith (Steve McGrew) at the interstate fair, and I was thrilled to find out that blacksmithing is actually feasible to learn! My husband has been the biggest supporter and instigator in my pursuit of learning the craft. He surprised me with my first hammer (and only) and a two-day class with Steve for Christmas back in 2014. After that, I attended Columbia Fire & Iron (CFI) hammer-ins and eventually joined the board as the first web design and marketing chair. I have been lucky to learn from Steve, David, John, and Bill, and other smiths and knife-makers I’ve met since. I’m working on piecing together a shop in my small garage, and I hammer with CFI whenever I can. As a graphic artist and a writer, both sedentary jobs, I love that blacksmithing gets me off my butt and makes me think in a different way.

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