Under the direction of Claudio Bottero an eight man crew forged through three sessions to bring shape to the giant sculpture he had designed. Moving big iron in the photo and a very short video (on the blog) give a sense of the sound, and cadance, of multiple large hammers swung by a well coordinated crew.
POMMs - the Patient Order of Meticulous Metalsmiths - also devoted the day to their project, building a Scandanavian door. Tina Chisena was watched closely by a group as she etched finishing details in figures which will be used on the door.
The team led by Lee Sauder, Shel Browder and Steve Mankowski who started building a smelting furnace yesterday created their first bloom today, pulling out the hot chunk of new iron about 3:30. Another smelt will take place Friday and result in a forged axe.
As you can tell from this amazing array of activities, the 2012 ABANA Conference in Rapid City is a great place to be.