May 21 & 22, 2005

Carroll County

Farm Museum


Forged Item


Sample Grille

Wall Sculpture

Also: On Site

Forging Contest






(Includes Lunch Sat & Sun)

           $20.00  In Advance

$25.00 At The Gate


Public Welcome

Enter from

12:00 to 5:00 

for the Regular

Farm Museum 

Entry Fee


Present the 17th Annual

Blacksmith Days


Luc Fiedler      and          Iron Masters

   Hot forging and Cold Forming                            Team Forging and Fabrication

       Floor Lamp and Sculpture                                    Three Dimensional Tree

Demonstrations by Local Guild Members

Dave Morgan   Walter VanAlstine   Marvin Shipley    John Larson

Bladesmithing          Brass Casting                     Leather Work                “Iron Kiss” Air Hammers

Saturday, May 21

  8:00 AM                               Gates Open (Tailgaters may enter to set up at 7:00AM)

  8:00 AM  -   5:00 PM         Tailgating (Sales of Tools, Books, and Blacksmith’s Equipment)

  9:00 AM  -      NOON          Demonstrations

     NOON  -   1:00 PM          Lunch -  Iron-in-the-Hat  Drawing at 12:30(Tickets on sale til 12:15)          

  1:00 PM  -   5:00 PM         Demonstrations 

  9:00 AM  -    4:00 PM         Timed Forging Contest – Test Your Precision Forging Skills

  5:00 PM  -   5:30 PM         Judging of Contest Items and Live Forging Contest

  5:00 PM  -   7:00 PM         Free Entry for Public  to Preview Auction Items

  5:30 PM  -   7:00 PM         Dinner in the Museum Barn (Pre-Registration Required)

                                                Speaker - Tina Chisena

  7:00 PM                               Drawing for Handmade Quilt and Quilt Stand

                                                Drawing for Bowie Knife Forged by Dave Morgan

  7:00 PM  -        ????          Public Auction of Forged Iron Work

Sunday, May 22

  8:00 AM                               Gates Open (Tailgaters may enter at 7:00AM)

  8:00 AM  -   5:00 PM         Tailgating (Sales of Tools, Books, and Blacksmith’s Equipment)

  9:00 AM  -      NOON          Demonstrations

     NOON  -   1:00 PM          Lunch - Iron-in-the-Hat  Drawing at 12:30 (Tickets on sale til 12:15)

  1:00 PM  -   5:00 PM         Demonstrations

  3:00 PM                               Silent Auction Ends

  5:00 PM                               Drawing for Porter Cable 14 Inch Chop Saw

Luc Fielder

Luc has been involved in metal working since High School, working after school for various metal shops in Moline Illinois. He studied art and architecture at Southern Illinois University, in Europe, and received a Fine Arts degree in 1984 and a Master of Fine arts degree in 1991 from University of California Santa Barbara.  Since graduating Luc has taught art and sculpture at the elementary, high school and college levels.  He designed and built a High School foundry in Seattle, Washington and in 1997 opened his own business: Elf Foundry and Fabrication in Seattle.  Luc recently moved to Fredrick Maryland where he is building a new studio.

Luc will be forging and cold forming elements that he will assemble into a floor lamp and sculpture that he has designed.  He will be using solid round square and flat stock as well as round and square tubing.  Completed examples of Luc’s forged and fabricated work will be on display.

Iron Masters

Led by Nikolai Pakhomov, a 1978 graduate of Stroganoff Graduate Art School of Design in Moscow, the most prestigious art school in the former Soviet Union, this crew has fabricated very large and wonderful stair railings and balconies.   While still in Russia as a chief artist of the Soviet Union Artists’ Society, Nikolai did work for many famous residences, including those of Yeltzin, Gorbachev and Scheverdnadze. 

The Iron Masters crew (three to four smiths) will be constructing the piece as a team, an organic design, a small tree 5 in diameter and 8 feet in height. Three men will be doing the forging and fabrication while Nikolai, their senior artist-blacksmith, describes the process and answering questions. They will be using a large power hammer (courtesy of John Larson) and performing some arc welding.


Forged Item Contest Rules

Contestants are encouraged  to donate their entries to the Auction

Items will be judged by the Demonstrators

Items must be forged completely by the person entering them.




Mini Demonstrations

Have a forging technique or item you would like to demonstrate to others?  Come prepared to demonstrate it during Blacksmith Days.  Forging Stations will be available throughout the event  to allow you to show your skills and techniques to others.  Let us know on the registration form if you are coming prepared to demonstrate.


Local Accommodations

                        Best Western:           451 Western Maryland College Drive

                                                                                Westminster         (410) 857-1900

                        The Boston Inn:        533 Baltimore Blvd

                                                                                Westminster         (410) 848-9095

                        Days Inn:                    25 South Cranberry Rd

                                                                                Westminster         (410) 857-0500




Dick Smith (540) 372-8727

2005 Blacksmith Days Chairman



Check our website for updates and additional info:




Drawing for items of interest to Smiths and Hand Forged Items on Saturday and Sunday


(Donations are encouraged and appreciated)


Auction Saturday

An auction of forged work by area Blacksmiths

(Donations are encouraged and appreciated)


Silent Auction Saturday/Sunday

Attendee’s  may consign blacksmithing/metal working tools and equipment Consignments subject to 20% auction commission Maryland sales tax (5%) will be charged Include list/description of items to be consigned with registration


Drawing Sunday for Handmade Quilt & Stand

A drawing will be held on Sunday for a beautiful 85” x 100” handmade quilt and stand.


Drawing Sunday for Dave Morgan Bowie Knife


The raffle items  will be on display and tickets will be available on Saturday and on Sunday before the drawing.


Educational Displays

To raise the public awareness of the nature of hand forged ironwork   The Farm Museum is open to the Public from 12:00-5:00PM on Saturday and Sunday.  The Public may observe Blacksmith Days activities during these times for the normal Farm Museum entry fee.


Forged Items Display Tables

Bring examples of your work to show others




Pre-Registration - Must be Received No Later Than May 1, 2005

(Complete BOTH Sides of Form)

Mail Check Payable to:

Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland with Completed Registration Form to:

BGCM C/O Judy Heinekamp, 4202 Deer Park Road, Randallstown, MD 21133

(410) 922-1246

Note: No pets are allowed on the Farm Museum Property



Name: __________________________________________________________________________  Adult/Child

Address: _________________________________________________________________________________

City: _________________________________________________     State: ________    Zip: _____________

Telephone: _________________________________

E-Mail: _____________________________________         Sign __________________________Date___/___/___


(Copy and Send Separate Form for Different Address)          Signatures and dates (Corresponding to Names at left)

Name 2: ___________________________ Adult/Child             Sign 2 ________________________Date___/___/___

Name 3: ___________________________ Adult/Child             Sign 3 ________________________Date___/___/___

Name 4: ___________________________ Adult/Child             Sign 4 ________________________Date___/___/___

Liability Release

This event is a non-profit project of The Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland, INC., for the purpose of reviving the art and craft of blacksmithing.  While all reasonable precautions are taken to prevent personal injury to participants and their property, I recognize that there are inherent dangers connected with this activity, as well as other common hazards that exist in any phase of daily activity.  All who participate, and accompanying guests, release The Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland, INC., its members and officers, and the demonstrator/instructor from liability should there occur an injury or accident involving anyone while participating in this event.  I have read and understand these conditions.  I agree to hold blameless all parties helping to put on this event, for any claim arising from injury or property damage.



Admission (Good for  Saturday and Sunday)


____ Adults @ $20.00 each                                                                                               =$ ___________

____Children ( 12 &  Under) If Accompanied by a Paid Adult                             =$ _Free______


Dinner on Saturday Evening                

____Pre-Registration required  ($ 5.00 per Adult)                                                      =$ ___________


Raffle Tickets for Quilt and Quilt Stand                                 ($1.00 ea)  QTY___     =$ ___________

Raffle Tickets for Bowie Knife Forged by Dave Morgan ($1.00 ea)  QTY___     =$ ___________


TOTAL ENCLOSED                                                                                                                =$ ___________



Tailgating:    Yes___ No___ 



Have a Forging Skill or Technique You’d Like to Demonstrate?  Tell us what it is how long you’ll need and then come prepared to demonstrate.  I’ll come prepared to demonstrate:


Public Forged Iron Work Auction

Submit Items and/or photos early to be used in advertisement to public.  Submit estimated value and set a reserve price if desired.  Smith submitting an item gets 50% of the winning bid for that item.

Contact Dick Smith  (301) 309-2289      E-Mail:

(Include a list and description of items below (attach separate list if more space is needed)






Silent Auction Items (20% Commission)




Don’t forget to bring donations for Iron in the Hat



Limited On-Site Camping Available

Come and share the evening with fellow blacksmiths discussing the day’s events

(Public restrooms are available, No Hook-Ups or Showers)

Want Space for:      RV__     Tent___

Note: All Campers will be required to sign a Farm Museum Liability Release Statement on arrival at the Farm Museum.  Text of the release statement:


In consideration of being allowed to camp overnight on Farm Museum property in connection with the BGCM Blacksmith Days event taking place on the following date(s) May 21 & 22, 2005, camper agrees to indemnify and save harmless the County, Commissioners of Carroll County, its officers agents, employees and volunteers  from any and all claims, demands, causes of action, damages, costs and suits arising, occurring or resulting from any personal injury and damage to or loss of property of any nature caused by, arising out of or in any way connected with camping on the Farm Museum property, 500 South Center Street, Westminster, Maryland.