Bob Elliott is a past president of the Appalachian Blacksmiths Association. He is the featured demonstrator for the 2005 Annual Fall Conference.
From Bob Elliott-
Blacksmithing and working with metal has been an interest of mine since I was a young boy. The bug really bit when I was helping my father as he welded the steel beams together when we built our house. Studying antiques and the way our forefathers built things also developed my desire to pursue the art of blacksmithing.
Over the past 21 years, I have been able to watch others work, attend ABANA Conferences, Chapter Conferences, Hammer-Inís and network with many other fine blacksmiths. Along with many hours of trial and error, sweat, and a few burns, I have developed my skills and have enjoyed the art of blacksmithing.
When I started, my goal was do a few small projects for myself; then in 1986, I opened up Little Falls Forge. Since then, I have also become a tinsmith, a craft I find as fulfilling as blacksmithing.
Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to complete several nice commissions. Being given a commission is the height of flattery for any artist. I have demonstrated blacksmithing at Roscoe Village Blacksmith Days, and at the Florida Blacksmith Conference. I have demonstrated at many local gatherings, including hosting hammer-inís for the ABA at Little Falls Forge.
In 1994 and 1998, the ring that I
submitted was chosen for inclusion in the ABANA
Conference Grille Project. Francis Whitaker judged all of the entries in 1994 and meeting him
was one of the great moments of my career.
For the past few years, I have had the opportunity to teach classes at Touchstone Craft Center near Uniontown, PA.
Bill Fugate asked me to demonstrate at
this yearís Fall Conference and requested that my
program instruct on making tools and jigs and their use. Being a lover of traditional
blacksmithing, I will also use the traditional tools of the trade as well. The demonstration will
have something to offer everyone.
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