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On January 22, 2008, 5:45 pm
Carl  wrote:

There's been some discussion as to whether the comments here should be displayed in chronological or reverse-chronological (blog-style) order, and how best to make the information here navigable.

On January 22, 2008, 5:46 pm
Carl  wrote:

Opinions? Observations? Dare I type it... Comments?

On February 7, 2008, 8:15 pm
Michael  wrote:

Well, it's been a busy couple of weeks, but here's the new web page. I hope you all like it!

On February 28, 2008, 8:43 am
Doug  wrote:

Carl, In the April 2008 calendar the Rudiments II class link is pointing to the Rudiments 1 description.

On March 6, 2008, 1:54 pm
Carl  wrote:

Right. Thank you. Easy fix. Typo. Grr.

On March 17, 2008, 7:51 am
Shawn  wrote:

This is cool. I'd do the reverse order thing, though. Anyways, I see Basics classes on the calendar through June but when you open them up it looks like the last class ends May 9th. When will the next round be starting after that?

On March 22, 2008, 3:14 pm
Holly  wrote:

Thank you so much for posting Student Gallery pictures! I love being able to send my friends the link. Thank you! I had a great time at your class on 3/1/08! Holly

On March 23, 2008, 12:50 am
Travis  wrote:

this is a inside joke from todays striking class "Carl did something dumb"

On March 26, 2008, 11:47 pm
Roger F  wrote:

Hey Carl and Mike; found the video of welding the big ring! Didn’t see the hammering technique in the back ground you were talking about though and it is killing me. I did however find a video in 1904 of blacksmiths steam hammering a piece of iron that was 3’x 2’. Wow!

On March 27, 2008, 1:25 pm
Carl  wrote:

Before they move the ring, the guy in question is just above the fire.

On April 20, 2008, 10:48 pm
trav  wrote:


On April 23, 2008, 9:12 pm
trav  wrote:

Nice pics on the basics Dr. west

On April 24, 2008, 8:53 pm
trav  wrote:

did i mention shirts

On May 9, 2008, 2:30 pm
Carl  wrote:

Yes in fact you did mention shirts

On May 23, 2008, 1:46 pm
A  wrote:

Name tags you can put on your apron - so people can call each other by name without the 'hey you'...

On June 10, 2008, 10:44 pm
Roger F.  wrote:

Hey Carl, Congratulations on making fount page of the News Tribune! Hope it brings more students in and I will see you guys soon.

On November 5, 2008, 4:35 pm
Carl  wrote:

Just a test

On November 13, 2008, 1:18 am
testing like we did last summer  wrote:

Just some more rest

On December 23, 2008, 9:35 am
Barbara  wrote:

Carl, Mike, the new site looks wonderful. Easy to use and follow along. Doesn't make my machine crash. I love the student's work too. It looks like you have some great students who have taken to your teaching!

On December 24, 2008, 11:59 pm
Trav  wrote:

Happy Holidays

On December 28, 2008, 10:40 pm
Shawn  wrote:

All I wanted for Christmas was a PHF gift certificate-and I got one. :-) Talk to you guys soon. Happy New Year to all!

On January 8, 2009, 6:15 pm
Mike M.  wrote:

Testing posting on IE7 for Carl...

On January 15, 2009, 7:52 pm
Maria LaBrecque  wrote:

I took the taste of blacksmithing class. It was wonderful! It is much better than T.V. . T.V. is empty. When your done watching T.V. you have nothing. When you get done with class you have gained alot! Not only new friends, but something You created with your own hands. Everything disapears when you start to hammer the hot metal. Problems, the hard day at work, stress. It all just melts away. You focus on what your doing, what you need to do, what hammer to use. What tongs to use. It is totally something to releave stress. By the time your class is over your hooked. You have an amaizing S hook. Something you made from a strait piece of metal! There is only you and the thing your creating. I recommend it. It's great.

On March 6, 2010, 7:30 pm
Peter Girguis  wrote:

Hi guys,

I hope this finds you well. I'm the dude from Harvard who brought his class down for a taste of blacksmithing. We're wondering if you could post the pictures from our class. It was about a year ago. I've literally just found thetime to write. so sad. Anyway, that would be great. We want to do another groups session You guys up for it? thanks! Pete

On July 30, 2010, 10:22 pm
Ellie  wrote:

My son Ted and I had a really great time in your Taste of Blacksmithing class on July 28. It's astonishing to walk in knowing nothing about the craft, spend some time learning from a master and heating and hammering steel, and hold in my hands at the end of the night a satisfying S hook that I made myself! That was way, way too much fun.

Thanks for letting me take pictures, too. They are now posted here:

My apologies to the two or three students I didn't manage to catch.

Excellent class! Thanks so much! Ellie

On September 7, 2013, 2:02 pm
Alex   wrote:

I did take the beginning blacksmithing a while back, and I'm going to take a nothing but knives class. I was wondering, if we want to learn of how to make a sword or an axe, yeah it does seem like a frequently asked question. I'm just wondering because I'm interested in making of the weapons and history or the people who made them specifically I like the Viking era, and weapons. If not do you know where to find a close swordsmith, though I'm totally going to keep going to you guys because I want to learn more blacksmithing.

On February 16, 2014, 11:05 am
David MacKenzie  wrote:

Carl and Graham, Outstanding class! (2/15/14:"A Taste of Blacksmithing") Carl, your presentation is well-organized and easy to grasp, and funny to boot, which makes it easy to understand and apply.

You have definitely "hooked" me (pun intended.) Great work!

On December 14, 2015, 6:19 pm

This is a test!

On January 29, 2016, 11:30 am
Megan  wrote:

do you offer summer programs for kids?

On December 1, 2016, 9:04 am
Kate Stamm  wrote:

My son and husband would love to take the Nothing But Knives class and has been waiting for a time they could make. The Sunday nights in January are great but Feb 5th is the Super Bowl and hard to miss. Any chance you could skip a week with that class or start a week earlier?

On August 23, 2017, 7:45 am
Annu verma  wrote:

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On December 8, 2017, 6:47 pm
Carl West  wrote:

I'm just testing something. Don't mind me .

On December 8, 2017, 6:49 pm
Carl West  wrote:

I'm just testing something. Don't mind me .

On January 30, 2018, 4:08 pm
Sean Hanley  wrote:

Hi Carl! any hammer, san mai, or damascus classes coming up this spring or summer?

On June 13, 2018, 12:12 pm
Eileen  wrote:

hello I am trying to confirm that you received the PayPal payment for Robert Schofield for the class on june 24th? My e-mail is I sent $65 .

On March 5, 2019, 1:25 pm
Matt  wrote:

Update blacksmithing info. Lots of dead links. Over all awesome page. Can’t wait to get in when I get back from deployment.

On March 6, 2019, 11:50 am
Matt  wrote:

Update blacksmithing info. Lots of dead links. Over all awesome page. Can’t wait to get in when I get back from deployment.

On June 21, 2019, 10:35 pm
Jackie  wrote:

Carl-thank you so much for an unforgettable experiencetoday!

On November 11, 2019, 1:33 pm
Sue Yarger  wrote:

Hello Carl, How will I know if I am confirmed in the Nov 16 class or not? Am I on standby? Thanks.

On December 16, 2019, 5:43 pm
Rachel Mello  wrote:

Hi! I have two questions for you: -1. I would like to go through the process of making a bottle opener, a second time, after having taken the introductory class doing that, a few weeks ago. I like to learn by taking the same steps over, to let my body figure out what to do. Would Open Smithy time be appropriate for me, coming in with only that one class worth of experience? 2. At the end of class you mentioned a knife class, which I'm very interested in. I'm not seeing this on the list of courses, are you planning one soon? Thanks again, -Rachel (and let me know if that color consulting work comes up!)

On October 7, 2021, 12:59 pm

I am sad to see you support black lives matter, a terrorist group responsible for over 40 deaths and millions of dollars in destruction. ALL LIVES MATTER!!

On July 21, 2022, 9:18 pm
Carl, the blacksmith  wrote:

Perhaps our anonymous (gutless?) correspondent of October 7, 2021 needs glasses to read the fine print.
My niece and nephew live black lives, and they matter to me.

On December 1, 2023, 12:30 pm


On February 14, 2024, 11:13 am
Donald Richards  wrote:

Hello. My son is 14 and is interested in learning about Blacksmithing. Whenever I have checked the schedule, the intro classes are full. Would it be possible for him to sign up for the Tween class? Thank You.

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