Artist Blacksmith's Association of North America
Artist Blacksmith's Association of North America
Announces Wendel Broussard Workshop
At The Forgery School of Blacksmithing


Below is a courtesy announcement for a unique opportunity to attend a 6 Day
Repousse Class with Wendel Broussard October 11 - 16, 2010 at the Forgery School of Blacksmithing.

Also below you will find information about a unique opportunity for Fellowships
with Coubertin in France
Wendel Broussard Workshop
October 11-16, 2010
at the Forgery School of
Blacksmithing in Beautiful Tijeras, New Mexico

Wendel Broussard began his blacksmithing career full time in 1983 after a rewarding
and well established 12 year career in the high farrier
service. Establishing his studio in
Smithville Texas, Wendel's interest in
traditional repousse' led him to study in France
where he graduated from 
the school of repousse' at Les Compagnons Du Devoir in
Muizon in 1991.

talent in ornamental ironwork has resulted in many commissions in private homes
and businesses around the country. Wendel has also demonstrated
throughout the United States, sharing his proficiency of the
French Repousse' methods.

Working over a Lead block
Wendel on Lead Block
He has been offering classes in the technique he learned and they have worked extremely well. This class is for someone who is very serious about learning this skill and is limited to 10 students.
Wendel working at the Stake
Photo Credit: Copyright 2007 New England School of Metalwork

Wendel on the stake
For more information and class schedules please go to:
The Forgery School of Blacksmithing
Morarity, New Mexico 87059
Phone: (505) 270-1007

Mailing Address:
G3 Tools
P.O. Box 1665
Tijeras, New Mexico 87059

Fellowships with Coubertin in France

Training Fellowships Available

The American Friends of Coubertin have announced the availability of training
fellowships for September 2011 -July 2012 in woodwork, metalwork, and stonework
at the Coubertin Foundation outside Paris, France.  The deadline for applying is
February 28, 2011.

Please consult our website for details and an application form, at
Contact us at

American Friends of Coubertin
5458 N. Magnolia Ave
Chicago, IL 60640 USA



Fellowships last 11 months (from September to July).  Fellows undertake to attend workshop sessions, classes, lectures and other cultural activities.  Classes and lectures represent over 1000 hours over the course of the fellowship.

The program includes:
  • Work in the workshops
  • Professional training in their relevant trade (technology, drafting, workshop organization)
  • Classes in French language and general culture open to the modern world
  • Instruction in how to teach one's own craft
  • Free-hand drawing, history of architecture and styles
  • Modeling and casts
  • Perspective and proportions
  • Basics of management and accounting
  • Mathematics and mechanics of materials
  • Foreign languages (English, German)
  • Computer skills and CAD
  • Artistic heritage
  • Weekly lectures on cultural topics
  • Visits of monuments, museums, exhibits
  • Live performances (theater and music)
Fellows who perform satisfactorily receive a certificate of completion.

Material Conditions
Fellows receive room and board on-site at Coubertin.  Their productive work in the workshops is paid, which ensures a minimum monthly income of € 500. All fellows without exception receive health and insurance and workers compensation coverage.One round trip airplane ticket between the U.S. and France is included, as is visa (work permit) processing. The program has a demanding schedule and includes weekend excursions. Except perhaps over the Christmas holiday, a return to the U.S. is not possible except for emergencies.

General Requirements
Fellows should be between the ages of 21 and 26, and have at least 3 years of professional experience beyond their apprenticeship. 

They must demonstrate a good level of professional skill in their area with concrete examples (a portfolio is part of the application).
They commit to participate fully in the program's activities and to abide the rules and regulations of the program.

Language requirement
A fellow who does not have sufficient mastery of the French language is required (at no cost) to take an immersion course in the month of August prior to the start of the program.  The goal of the course is to obtain an adequate level of knowledge of the French language and French customs.

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