MARK ASPERY & STEVE PARKER
PLUS DEMONSTRATORS FROM EACH MEMBER ORGANIZATION!
ABBA – Stephan Fowler, AACB – Rob Robinson, AFC – Raymond Head, NC-ABANA – Wesley Alberson, FABA – Bob Stott, OBG – Buster Grubbs, PSABG – Ryan Calloway
Mark is a British Smith and a certified journeyman, currently an associate of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, a UK based guild. He does maintain that these qualifications and a dollar will only get you a cup of pretty poor tasting coffee, but that the endeavors were priceless.
Mark owns and operates the ‘Mark Aspery School of Blacksmithing’ traveling to teach classes and give blacksmith demonstrations.
Mark has written three blacksmith books, The Skills of a Blacksmith, and is working on a fourth – being careful not to give release date.
Mark is careful not to call himself a traditional smith, perhaps classical or period is a more apt phrase.
An underlying ethos of Mark’s teaching is ‘make the tools before you can begin the job’.
At this time Mark does not do any regular commission blacksmithing, just the occasional small job, and states “I am a little out-of-touch with that side of the profession.” Mark states that the single most important event that has improved his blacksmithing has been to teach it – having to know the root of the skill or information.”
Mark maintains that he is as much a student of blacksmithing as the next smith, and is ready to learn more – with a subject this vast, how can he say anything else.
Mark’s single biggest products are smoke and noise, with mistakes coming in close behind.
Steve has been working full time as a blacksmith for Clifford Jacobs forging company since 1994. “I learned a great deal of what I know from working with Clifton Ralph since I first met him in 1987. I have tried very hard to take that knowledge that I learned from him as well as countless other smiths over the years and expand upon it in the work I do daily. My customers are the men I work with for the most part. They need tools that work for them. So, I work with them on what will work best for them.” Steve makes all the tools that are used in the plant for handling steel both hot and cold. Tongs, lifting devices of all shapes and sizes, pry bars etc. Steve has been described as one of the premier power hammer-blacksmiths in the world.
MEMBER ORGANIZATION DEMONSTRATORS
RYAN CALLOWAY – PSABG
General Blacksmithing– Ryan has worked with metal for more than ten years. From industrial welding, fabricating and installing structural iron work to forge welding and hammer and anvil work. Ryan’s work can be see at creativeironworks.net
ROB ROBINSON – AACB
Tomahawk– Rob is Vice President of the Appalachian Area Chapter of Blacksmiths.
RAYMOND HEAD – AFC
Large Frederick’s Cross (1.25” to 1.5” stock)– Raymond is a prolific producer of the Clay Spencer style tire power hammer. Raymond is very active in the Alabama Forge Council and is a past president of that organization.
STEPHAN FOWLER – ABBA
Knife Making– Stephan is an ABS Journeyman. Stephan was on Forged in Fire – Season 3 Episode 12
BUSTER GRUBBS – OBG
General Blacksmithing– Buster was on Forged in Fire – Season 4 Episode 14
WESLEY ALBERSON – NC-ABANA
Knife Making– Wesley Alberson, located in Rougemont, North Carolina is a bladesmith with a deep understanding of metallurgy through blacksmithing.
BOB STOTT – FABA
Knife Making– Located in Bainbridge, Georgia, Bob Stott started making knives around 2010 and has continued to evolve his art, process and technique. Bob makes knives of all shapes, sizes and materials.
Be sure to bring eye and ear protection to wear while watching the demonstrations or when in the green coal area. The SBA will have safety glasses for sale if needed. Parents must closely supervise their children at all times. Due to the nature of blacksmithing, all unsupervised children can pose risks – not only to themselves, but to other attendees as well.