Man, was I impressed. Demos going on all the time... a ton of great tools for sale... a gallery full of absolutely beautiful work by attendees... and the nicest people you'd ever want to meet.
You can bet that next year I'll sign up for the weekend pass. If you're anywhere in the midwest and you're crazy for this kind of stuff like I am, then you'd better put it on your radar for next year, too.
The gallery, oh my
I know you want a peek at the beautiful work in the gallery, but I warn you -- it will make you hungry for a ticket next year!
Let's start by highlighting the absolutely gorgeous pieces made by the team of John W. Steel and Chris Holt. I am very lucky to be able to call these two my friends! You can find them at the conference or at steelwelding.net.
OK, fasten your seat belts... this one can only be presented with a video. It's a simply amazing piece of hand crafting by Barry Wheeler. Enjoy... and try to imagine creating that shoe by hand!
Check out this index page leading to detailed posts about the recent Charles Lewton-Brain conference on Foldforming. It contains a wealth of pics, video, and a student's view (mine) of that amazing conference.
And this is the official foldforming group on Facebook created especially for metalsmiths and blacksmiths interested in foldforming: http://www.facebook.com/groups/foldforming . If your Facebook page reflects your metal interests, I will approve your application to join. If it doesn't, message me (or comment on this post) to fill me in on your metal related work.
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