Randy McDaniel will be in Santa Fe New Mexico this summer for two events hosted by the New Mexico Artist Blacksmith Association. Both events will take place at the studio of recognized master smith Helmut Hillenkamp. Join us!
First up, Randy will demonstrate for the association's annual conference on July 11and 12th. The theme of the two day conference is hollow forming, using 2 dimensional cut patterns to produce 3 dimensional works of art. Along the way Randy will present material from his excellent book "A Blacksmithing Primer" and share his forty plus years of blacksmithing experience with the group. Randy has promised to spend some time at the power hammer and hydraulic press but will emphasize and demonstrate techniques and tooling useful for all blacksmiths from beginning to experienced. Cost for attending the conference is $50 if you register in advance before July 1st. All registrations after July 1st and registration at the conference is $65
More about Randy:
Randy McDaniel began his experience in blacksmithing with a class from an 81-year-
old blacksmith in 1972. That was the spark that ignited his passion for forging hot metal.
Randy also learned from other “retired” smiths, researching the craft in libraries, by taking
craft schools classes from various skilled smiths such as Frank Turley, Francis Whitaker and Ivan Bailey, and by participating in blacksmithing conferences. Mr. McDaniel traveled to England in 1987 to participate in the British Artist Blacksmith Association’s International Conference in Hereford and to study ironwork in London. In 1988 Randy was
baptized as a smith by Manfred Bredhol from Aachen, Germany.
Originally specializing in Colonial reproduction ironwork taught him the basics of forging hot metal. Randy’s blacksmithing experience covered a wide diversity of works that runs the gamut from designing and producing personal and whimsical items from business card holders and furniture to large-scale lighting, gates, grilles, fountains and sculptural pieces. His design and forging of the artwork for the Children’s Garden entrance arbor at Hershey Gardens is an excellent example of his art and whimsy. Currently he specializes in work done on the hydraulic forging press. Besides forging steel he enjoys working in copper, bronze and titanium.
Mr. McDaniel gained recognition and acclaim for writing and illustrating “A Blacksmithing Primer, A Course In Basic And Intermediate Blacksmithing” in 1998. Originally
self-published, due to its’ success is now being published as a second edition by Finney Books.
Blacksmiths, blacksmithing groups and even schools around the world are using this book to teach basic to intermediate forging. Currently it has sold over 18,000 copies. This book has also
been professionally filmed as a 6 hour video/DVD with Randy’s instruction and demonstration.
In the summer of 2014 he wrote his second book, “Hydraulic Forging Press for the Blacksmith”. This book points out the versatility of this machine and the tooling to achieve the
most from it. It already is showing good results in sales.
Besides his book he has written articles for “Fabricator Magazine” on operating a business and the virtues of laser cutting. “The Anvils’ Ring” has featured Randy and his works.
Randy has taught basic and advanced workshops for more than thirty-five years. These include workshops at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Penland School of Crafts, J.C. Campbell Craft School, Appalachian Center for Crafts, New England School
of Metalwork, Peters Valley Craft School and for many regional blacksmithing groups.
Randy was also a lecturer and demonstrator for the Artist-Blacksmith Association of North America’s International Conference at Alfred, New York in 1990 and at LaCrosse, Wisconsin in 2002.
Currently he is experimenting with the effects of a sixty ton hydraulic forging press on
hot metal. This is through producing special tooling and dies to create works of art. This art
is created in the forms of high end ,forged bronze belt buckles, steel bowls and sculpture.