Dorothy Stiegler


Over the past 32 years Dorothy has been forging steel or bronze.  Lately it has been bronze, type 655.  In the last three years she has run nearly 50,000 lbs of type 655 Bronze through Stiegler Metal Design, a 2 man shop with one very accomplished apprentice.  All they have left is one 5 gallon bucket of scrap after turning that tonnage into railings, doors, gates, lighting, sink bases and hammered bar tops. They specialize in rivets, mortise and tenon.  It looks old, it feels old. SheI lives in Sutter Creek CA. and does high end forgings for those with discretionary income.  Most of her work is in Pebble beach and Palo Alto, CA. She works with her partner in all things Erik Lander and her apprentice Jake Hill.


Becky Little

With well known blacksmith John Little for a father, Becky was exposed to blacksmithing at an early age. She studied philosophy at King’s College but rediscovered an interest in metalwork while searching for a career that could be both physically and emotionally satisfying.  An apprenticeship with her father in 2002 developed into part-time self-employment, working beside John in his shop. In 2005 they demonstrated together at CanIron V, which brought such international legends as Paul and Heiner Zimmermann, Fred Christ and Christoph Friedrich amongst others.  Becky was invited by the Zimmermanns to Germany to learn and help in their shop.  Becky jumped at the chance and spent the next year in Europe, learning a great deal about work, design, business and life from this warm family. From there, she continued her learning at the shop of Oskar and Andy Hafen and was able to visit many other shops and attend conferences in Norway and Germany. Now back in Nova Scotia she is ready to launch her full-time blacksmithing career with gusto.  Greatly influenced by her father’s work and by contemporary European smiths, Becky is exploring modern forging aesthetics and design to find her own way.


Nick Vincent


Nathan's Forge is owned and managed by Nick Vincent, a professional blacksmith with over twenty-four years experience. He has trained under some of the country's leading blacksmiths including Peter Ross and Ken Schwarz of Colonial Williamsburg. His work has been featured in national magazines and newspapers and he has pieces contained in private collections across the nation.  Mr. Vincent has been a major contributor to the blacksmithing community since his entry into the field. He frequently teaches and demonstrates blacksmithing techniques, is an active member of several regional and national blacksmithing organizations, was one of the founders of the Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland in 1986 and is the immediate past-president of the Mid-Atlantic Smith's Association.


                                                   Bladesmithing            Dave Morgan      

Dave began knife making in 1997, making knives by stock removal. Seven years ago Dave met a blacksmith Walter VanAlstine and from that day on he was hooked on blacksmithing.   Dave teaches knife making classes at Carroll County Farm Museum and is a member of the American Bladesmiths Society, the Blacksmith Guild of the Chesapeake, and the Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland (BGCM).  Dave has helped fund the guild’s educational activities by donating a handmade knife to every “Iron in the Hat” and one of his high profile knifes to the “Blacksmith Days” raffle for the last four years.  Dave loves to share his enthusiasm with everybody.


                                                   Brass Casting            Walter VanAlstine          

Walter was born New York State, but moved to Germany after World War II.  Walter has fond childhood memories of waking up to the sounds of the blacksmith shop across the street.  He returned to Maryland in 1953.  In his efforts in the 1970’s to melt and cast aluminum, he acquired the equipment to forge iron. He relied on old books to discover the mysteries of blacksmithing and then 16 years ago went to a meeting of the Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland.  Walter hasn’t missed a guild meeting since. As the guild’s forgemaster, Walter quickly involves new members in blacksmithing.  Walter and his son, Bucky, operate the Dutch Forge and teach the BGCM Basic Knife Making Class. 


                                                     Leather Work            Marvin Shipley    

Marvin was raised on the family farm in south Carroll County.  He was told that if you use your mind and hands to make something, you will never be hungry.  Both his father and maternal grandfather were very talented with their hands and his shop teacher from 1947 thru 1953, taught him projects in metal, wood, leather.  Facing the draft, he married his high school sweetheart and enlisted in the U. S. Marines. While overseas he started making knives. He uses the stock removal process completing them using stainless steel or nickel silver hilts, phenolic or sandbar stag handles, and a sheath of leather finished with dye or neats foot oil.  With his wife’s indulgence, Marvin developed a knife and sheath that he is very proud of. 


                                            Iron Kiss Hammer            John Larson        

John has been manufacturing air hammers since 1996.   John is also forgemaster and demonstrates blacksmithing at Jerusalem Mills a satellite forge of BGCM.  In addition to manufacturing hammers, he does welding and fabrication.  This is a second career for John, after retiring from being a Professor of Economics at Loyola College in Baltimore.  John has been blacksmithing for about 12 years and has been a welder, fabricator, and machinist of hot rods since high school.  John has vivid memories of visiting village blacksmith shops with his dad in the 1950s in rural Minnesota.  John says his biggest passion is to make the best air hammer on the planet.


                                                           Repoussé            Kerry Stagmer    

Kerry Stagmer has been making knives, swords, and armor more than twenty years. Kerry developed a simple, resilient, attractive blade that is the basis of all swords he produces. Baltimore Knife and Sword has evolved to include armor, sculpture, and sterling, gold, and platinum jewelry inspired by that found in Renaissance portraiture. Kerry's carefully researched work has appeared in many venues: in movies, performances at Renaissance festivals and theatres all over the United States. His hand-chased jewelry pieces take an average of thirty hours to complete and chase. His raised and repousséd work is even more intensive. Increasing awareness among both artists and the general public of these dying art forms has become the focus of much of his time in the last few years.


                                                               Carving            Teddy Gregor     

Ferenc “Teddy” Gregor, a first generation Hungarian-American, residing in Maryland, began carving in 1987, utilizing natural materials, such as wood, horn, fossil ivories, and stone.  He is self taught using both old and new technique in various mediums and styles. In 1996, he was commissioned to complete the carving for the National Cryptological Memorial, “THEY SERVED IN SILENCE”.  Well known for his carved handle custom knives, his small scale carving is considered a world class carver by collectors. In 1998 he was awarded “Best Presentation for Custom Knives” at the Chesapeake National Knife show, by his peers.


  Mountain Men/ Fur Trappers “Tall Tales”            Bill Chestnut / Mark Haines

Bill Chestnut - Colonial Period Fur Trapper   Mark Haines  - Maryland Loyalist  (accompanied by two others)  Bill, Mark and friends will be dressed in colonial period costumes and will have camps set up.  They will be demonstrating cooking and other skills including a tomahawk throw as they relate tall tales of days gone by.


                                          “ Sheep to Shawl “            Carroll County Fiber Artists 

Watch as a sheep is sheared, wool is spun, and a shawl is woven all in the same day. They needed a day to do it -- and the Blacksmith Days seemed very appropriate. The Carroll County Fiber Artists has an active membership of about 30 people, and lots of them will be spinning and carding and weaving throughout the day.

                                       Knife Contest Judge            Stacy Aplet         

Stacy is member of the American Bladesmith Association residing in Norfolk, Virginia. He was taught to work with his hands and head at an early age by his grandfather, physicist Leland Johnson Stacy.  Born in 1950, he is married, father of three with two grandchildren.  Stacy is a Kilt wearing Scotsman, and President, Saint Andrew's society of Tidewater.  He has been a Goldsmith/ Jeweler since 1975.


                                       Knife Contest Judge            J. Neilson

J. Neilson is a fulltime knifemaker and American Bladesmith Journeyman Smith from Wyalusing, PA. He and his wife Tess manufacture some of the finest custom knife and sheath combos available. J. performs the bladesmithing and Tess does all of the leather work. J. and Tess' work have been featured in Blade Magazine and Tactical Knives Magazine and he won both "Best Damascus Knife" and "Best Hand-Forged Knife" at the 2006 Ohio Classic knife show.


                                On Site Forging Contest            Chris Holt                     

Chris started forging in Wales in 1999 working with master blacksmith Ronnie Pitt. He came to the US for the bladesmithing school and journeyman program. Chris spent three weeks at the Bladesmithing School; three months as a journeyman with Bob Bergman, Bill Epps, Ric Furrer, and Greg Campbell; and two years working on architectural and industrial forging at Black Rose Forge (some $200,000 commissions). Chris also recently earned a registered nursing degree (RN). Chris is the president of Chesapeake Forge Guild at Kinder Farm Park near Annapolis. Chris enjoys teaching blacksmithing when he can.