STEVE GRATER - eclectic blacksmith, blade smith, tool smith and metal artist - will open his studio for our November Metalink and demonstrate how he makes his signature calla lilies and twisted torq. Long time member of SCA – The Society of Creative Anachronism, Steve was awarded for arts & science skills, a Laurel, a peerage position of which there is no higher recognition. Steve in collaboration with other members created a 10th century Viking silver hoard consisting of rings, torqs, bracelets and other “Hack Silver” cut up in pieces used as legal tender painstakingly rendered with sophisticated craftsmanship using forging and casting techniques. Steve attended Frank Turley blacksmithing school in Santa Fe over twenty years ago. Steve’s basic bladesmithing education came from working with Tai Goo. In 1995 he worked at The Village Blacksmith with Jerry Harris until 2010 when he opened HESSEN IRON WORKS at Metal Arts Village. Steve's passion when he isn't fighting fires or training fire operations personnel at the National Parks Service is working on commission’s making: indoor furniture and hardware including tables, chairs, hand rails, drapery hardware, custom stands, drawer pulls, door handles, gates, window guards and artistic sculpture made of mixed media – steel, wood, brass, copper, stone, and anything else that strikes his fancy.
His memorable Artist’s Statement is: “You may be cautious in life, be fearless in art!”
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