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Blacksmithing Workshop

  • September 22, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Wagbo Farm, East Jordan

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Ever wanted to work with hammer and anvil and forge?  That opportunity will happen on Saturday, September 22, at the Wagbo Farm, in East Jordan, Michigan.  Area blacksmith and fine wood worker, Will Crump, is offering an introductory blacksmithing workshop, under the auspices of the Jordan River Arts Council, for ages 13 and up.  Participants 18 and younger must be accompanied by an adult who is also registered for the class. The workshop, which runs from 10 - 3, will offer students the chance to make one of several items listed below. Workshop space is limited; cost for JRAC members is $15; non-members $35.  All you need to bring is a lunch, leather gloves and safety glasses; and to   wear long pants and shoes. Will's blacksmithing workshop is being held in conjunction with a 3D felting workshop offered by his wife, Mary Crump.

 

In order for participants to take something with them at the end of the workshop, Will has asked that attendees choose one of the following items to make: a coat hook, "S" hook, bottle opener, hoof pick, letter opener, candle holder, or napkin holder. Materials suitable for each project will be available.

William Crump is best known for his work as a bladesmith. But his lifelong passion for creating doesn't stop at edged tools. He has illustrated a book, crafted furniture, paints, and sculpts in steel and other media.  His love of playing guitar and songwriting lead him to start crafting guitars.  Will describes himself as a maker, blurring the line between artist and engineer.  "I create to understand and interact with the world. My medium varies from music to steel. Most of the objects I create are functional and are meant to bring beauty to the work and play of others. My primary focus is on crafting fine cutting tools, and instruments."

Will is a leader in the Maker Movement in Northern Michigan and is the director of the N. Michigan Makerspace and its first branch at the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center in East Jordan.

  

 


Artist Statement

    


I am a maker. I create to understand and interact with the world. My medium varies from music to steel. Most of the objects I create are functional and are meant to bring beauty to the work and play of others. My primary focus is on crafting fine cutting tools, and instruments.

 



Artist Biography

William Crump is best known for his work as a bladesmith. But his lifelong passion for creating doesn't stop at edged tools. He has illustrated a book, crafted furniture, paints, and sculpts in steel and other mediums.  His love of playing guitar and songwriting lead him to start crafting guitars. William blurs the line between artist and engineer.  He is a leader in the Maker Movement in Northern Michigan and is the director of the N. Michigan Makerspace and its first branch at the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center.

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301 Main Street
PO Box 1178
East Jordan, MI 49727

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