Beginning Blades - Bob Rupert

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Monday, July 11, 2016 - Thursday, July 14, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Monday, July 11, 2016 - Thursday, July 14, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

Artisans will explore basic blade design and use. All aspects of blade forging and assembly will be covered. You will depart after four days of fun with a completed knife. Bob Rupert, who has been making knives since 1980, is the owner of Iron Hill Forge and has taught at Touchstone Center for Crafts since 2004. Bob first experienced metalworking with his father; those early years were filled with opportunity and time to explore. Five decades have passed, and the fascination of shaping glowing, hot steel has not changed. Now, with 40 plus years of metalworking experience, Bob seeks to share his passion in hopes that others might enjoy the simplicity of tradition, taking time to explore the texture and beauty of forged iron. Bob has led ABANA seminars at Kent State University and was twice featured as the centerfold subject in Knives. His work is prominently featured in Ironwork Today 2, a recent release from Schiffer Books.

About This Organizer

Touchstone is located in Farmington, Pennsylvania, amid the natural splendor of the Laurel Highlands. Founded in 1972 as the Pioneer Crafts Council, Touchstone's original mission was to foster interest in the preservation of the traditional craft forms and culture of the Appalachian region. Today, the craft school has expanded to include a wide variety of traditional and emerging craft forms, including blacksmithing, ceramics, metal, jewelry, textiles, glass, painting, mosaics, and printmaking. In addition to offering seasonal craft courses taught by nationally renowned artisans, Touchstone provides underserved audiences in the region, from senior citizens to public school students, with craft-centered educational programming. Touchstone's artistic, educational, and residential facilities sit on 150 acres of lush woodlands and pristine wilderness. The campus is covered with towering trees, unique rock formations, and wildflower meadows, and is crossed by McIntyre Run, a rushing stream.


Not only is Touchstone Center for Crafts the only residential craft school in Pennsylvania, it's the natural setting for your creative nature.


Touchstone's mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression. To realize this mission, the school offers workshops, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and other forms of artistic and educational programming throughout the year. Dedicated to achieving national prominence and local relevance, Touchstone strives for national distinction by recruiting some of the best artists in the country to teach high-quality craft workshops that attract a geographically diverse audience. The organization strives for local relevance by providing educational and outreach programming that serves a wide variety of the underserved populations in Fayette County and other parts of southwestern Pennsylvania.

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