Irons in the Fire - Glenn Horr

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Monday, June 13, 2016 - Friday, June 17, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Monday, June 13, 2016 - Friday, June 17, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

Dive headfirst into blacksmithing! Enhance your skills in functional metalwork! Instruction will include building and controlling forge fires and basic forging skills: drawing out, twisting, tool making, forge-welding, punching, and scrollwork. You will finish a few small sample items. Glenn Horr has been creating hand-forged metalwork since 1977. After working in forged metals for 39 years, Glenn finds that the design possibilities of decorative and functional ironwork still seem endless. Always finding enjoyment in making things with his hands, Glenn has been interested in metals and forging since taking a high-school shop class. He is primarily self-taught and continues to add to his repertoire of skills by attending blacksmithing conferences. Using traditional techniques, Glenn creates functional and decorative work in steel as well as copper, brass, and aluminum. He enjoys working with materials that are so rigid in one form, yet they yield to hammer and anvil when heated in the forge. Metal can be moved into different shapes and textures, and he likes to reflect his fluidity in his finished work. Known for his attention to detail and fine craftsmanship, Glenn has been commissioned to do many architectural projects. He creates a wide range of hardware for homes: anything from fireplace equipment to door hardware to railings and gates to fine kitchen utensils. He also enjoys working with individuals, designers, and architects on special commissions. Learn more about his work at

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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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