Rivers of Steel Iron Pour with Blacksmithing Demonstrations
Saturday, May 19, 2018
5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.Register Now!
Rivers of Steel Iron Pour
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Founded on the principles of heritage development, community partnership, and a reverence for the region’s natural and shared resources, Rivers of Steel strengthens the economic and cultural fabric of western Pennsylvania by fostering dynamic initiatives and transformative experiences. Through its attractions and programs, Rivers of Steel actively promotes education and heritage tourism, highlighting western Pennsylvania’s assets to regional, national and international audiences. Behind-the-scenes, Rivers of Steel works with a diverse network of community partners to support grassroots initiatives and the new regional economy. More information available at riversofsteel.com.Register Now!
Admission Fees – (per person):
- Saturday Evening $30 (includes dinner*)
- Affordable Lodging Available: pre-register for lodging before Tuesday, May 15.
A yearly celebration of all things blacksmithing complete with demonstrations, food and a bonfire. Touchstone is thrilled to be hosting Rivers of Steel, who will be performing an exhibition Iron Pour here on Touchstone’s campus. Participants will have the opportunity to make their own scratch mold, have it cast in iron and take home a piece of art. Make plans to come out to Wharton Furnace Road and enjoy the evening as the sparks fly! Click the register now button to register online or call the office at 724-329-1370 to register today!Register Now!
Saturday, May 19, 2018
- 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Check-In
- 5:00 p.m.: Dinner (Community Pizza Oven)
- 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Iron Pour by the Fire Circle
- 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.: Bonfire at Fire Circle or Blaney Lodge Hearth (weather dependent)
Sunday, May 20, 2018
- 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Continental Breakfast & Checkout
Please pre-register for lodging before Tuesday, May 15.
- Shared Dorm $40
- Shared Cabin $20
- Camping $5
- Linens $50
* Special dietary needs must be given at the time of registration.
** All inclusive lodging includes Saturday evening accommodations. Campers must bring own tent, bedding, towels, toiletries, etc. and will have access to the bathhouse. All cabin/dorm lodging is based on a shared option and does not include bedding, towels, toiletries, etc. Attendees may request to share a room/cabin with a specified attendee. Requests should be given in advance with the understanding that not all requests are guaranteed to be fulfilled.
Meet the Presenters:
We have a terrific lineup of demonstrations in store!
Demonstrations by artists/blacksmiths include Glen Gardner, Anna Koplik, and Jared Ondovchik. We are excited about this year’s lineup, each of the artists is well known in the blacksmithing and arts community while having strong ties to Touchstone Center for Crafts. Glen currently serves on our board of directors, Anna served as a studio tech at Touchstone for two seasons, for which she credits helping to launch her career. All three blacksmiths will be offering workshops at Touchstone this season.
Glen Gardner – ‘Stakes & Hammers in the Japanese Style’
Glen will be demonstrating the making and use of Japanese style tools used for shaping sheet metals. Japanese smiths take a straightforward approach when making the tools needed to form sheet metal materials. This approach offers a high degree of adaptability and scalability, allowing the smith to quickly make the tools needed and get right on to the projects at hand. Whether planning projects in black or red metals, making simple forming stakes is not out of reach for even the beginner.
Glen Gardner is a longtime friend to Touchstone Center for Crafts and currently serves on our board of directors. Glen is a sculptor/metalsmith whose work ranges from purely sculptural to functional. He works in all metals, including bronze, silver, gold, and iron. Glen has taught workshops in a variety of settings, including craft schools and several universities across the country. To see some of Glen’s work, Click Here.
This season, Glenn will be teaching ‘The Art of Welding’ at Touchstone, an in-depth weeklong workshop from August 6-10, 2018. Sign up today!
Anna Koplik – ‘Forging Scrolling Tongs’
Anna will be demonstrating how to forge a pair of scrolling tongs. These critical tools are tricky to make and so versatile for a smith! This is the perfect introduction into understanding how to make them from the initial forging through the final step of riveting them together. Anyone who has ever wondered how to make their own tongs will have a thorough understanding when they leave.
Anna Koplik graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Jewelry and has taken classes on blacksmithing and bladesmithing at Peters Valley School of Craft and New England School of Metalwork. Anna has worked as the Blacksmithing Assistant at Peters Valley, as an apprentice at Atlas Forge with Ed Claypoole in Hopwood, PA, and as the Blacksmithing Technician at Touchstone Center for Crafts for two seasons. She is currently working as a blacksmith and fabricator at Spirit Ironworks, Inc. on Long Island, NY.
To see some of Anna’s work, visit annarkoplik.com
We are excited to have Anna back for the demonstration and also to teach a weeklong workshop this season. If you have always wanted to learn how to work a coal forge, swing a hammer at the anvil, and heat and forge steel, then join Anna from July 9-13 for ‘Introduction to Blacksmithing’ at Touchstone Center for Crafts. Sign up today!
Jared Ondovchik – ‘The Art of Bladesmithing’
In this demonstration, Jared will be going over the basics of bladesmithing design. He will demonstrate the basic forging techniques used to create a chef’s knife. Spectators will walk away with an appreciation for the hard work and craftsmanship that goes into a hand-forged kitchen knife.
Jared Ondovchik is a self-taught blacksmith and bladesmith from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Eight years ago, Jared made his first knife and has been the owner and full-time operator of Artifact Metalworks, LLC for three years. To see some of Jared’s work, visit artifact-metalworks.com
Jared will be teaching an extended weekend workshop, ‘Bladesmithing Basics,’ at Touchstone from August 24-27, 2018. Sign up today to explore the basics of bladesmithing design!