Originally from the Boston area, Andrew Meers has a BFA in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and received his MFA in blacksmithing and metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Currently residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Andrew recently earned his American Bladesmithing Society Mastersmith rating. Andrew is a former artist-in-residence at the National Ornamental Metal Museum. He has taught workshops at the Appalachian Center for Crafts, the National Ornamental Museum, and Penland School of Crafts.
Andrew will be teaching Introduction to Bladesmithing at Touchstone from June 18–22, 2018. In this workshop, students will design and create a small-scale utility knife. We will primarily focus on learning and practicing the forging and shaping of blades. While you can expect to leave with a forged and heat-treated blade, the main goal of the workshop is to learn basic bladesmithing processes, and if time permits—complete a knife. This workshop is suitable for All Levels.