Instructors: Bill Printy and Mark Heisdorffer
Bill Printy and Mark Heisdorffer will teach workshops at the Forge and Anvil Academy, in historic Bentonsport where there are five forges for learning the fine art of taking a piece of iron, heating it up, and making a beautiful and useful item for one’s home. The Forge and Anvil Academy, where hundreds of students have learned the fine art of taking a piece of iron, and creating a beautiful and useful item, is one of a few places where artistic blacksmithing is taught in the United States. Where else can one learn to craft tools from iron at the side of an experienced artistic blacksmith in a shop with five forges? And in the words of one “village smithy” in Bentonsport, “Heat some iron—Make some stuff”
Please bring safety glasses, light leather gloves, and hearing protection.
Location: Blacksmith Academy - Walnut Street • Bentonsport, IA 52565 [Map]
Join others as they gather in the Villages of Van Buren to learn from the resident artisans in their personal studios. Spend a weekend plein air painting along the Des Moines River, or step back in time as you throw bowls in a Pottery Shop. The inspiring and relaxing atmosphere of scenic Van Buren County, Iowa is, and will continue to be, a haven for creative beings.