Out & About in August and September

We're shaking things up a little the next few months with some events out in the wide, wide world that are a bit different from our standard craft shows.

First up, VASEN BREWING COMPANY. Kyle's been working with our newest Scott's Addition neighbors to create custom forged steel fixtures for their tasting room. They opened for business on July 29, so stop by for a cold farmhouse sour brew and check out the forged steel chandelier Kyle created with Wendy Umanoff, as well as the sign and a few other items. Can you spot them all?? 

Forged chandelier created by Umanoff Design and Phoenix Handcraft

Forged chandelier created by Umanoff Design and Phoenix Handcraft

Next up is RVA MAKERS. We're hosting the August meet-up at our studios. Come socialize with area makers and check out Johannah's demonstration of the tools and techniques she uses to create her mosaic artwork. And as a special bonus treat, check out the spaces of our new studio mates, Umanoff Design and Sweet Cheeks All Natural!

In September, Johannah will be the featured Artist of the Month at CHOCOLATES BY KELLY. If you have not had her chocolate, you are in for a treat. Go for the chocolate, stay for the art! Join us for opening night on First Friday, September 1. Johannah will be showing her recent Domestica series as well as work from earlier this year and a few mirrors.

Domestica mosaic series celebrating those everyday objects we often take for granted

Domestica mosaic series celebrating those everyday objects we often take for granted

And we wrap it all up with a return to the 43RD STREET FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS. Rain or shine, nothing beats a craft show in a beautiful, tree-lined historic neighborhood. Come on by and say hello!

Stop by our calendar for full details on all these events! Hope you can join us. We'd love to see you!

Central Virginia Blacksmith Guild

Earlier this month we hosted the August meeting of the local blacksmith guild, the Central Virginia Blacksmith Guild. This was our second time hosting this fantastic group of local enthusiasts. As usual, we had a great time hanging with this crowd!

For his first demonstration of the day, Kyle showed off his technique for creating forged vessels on the fly press. When he invited the group to try their hand at it, local blacksmith and artist Tom Chenowith gave it a shot (middle bottom photo). Photos by Bruce Manson. Click on photos for larger versions. 

Later Kyle demonstrated some repousee techniques. He created two different flower styles using these techniques. Dishing out the flower on the stump to add some dimension is always an exciting and fiery moment! Photos by Bruce Manson.

Photos by Phoenix Handcraft

For more pictures of this meeting, check out the CVBG Facebook page. Thanks for a fun day, gang! See you in October for the second annual RVA MakerFest

Rassawek Blacksmithing Demonstration

Last week we shared photos of all the wonderful sights at Rassawek Vineyard Spring Jubilee. As promised, this week we've got images of Kyle's blacksmithing demonstrations.

Kyle and his assistant Kallen doing a double jack to form a table leg. In this technique, Kyle hits the steel with his everyday 2 lb hammer to show Kallen where to hit with his heavy mover, an 8 lb sledge hammer. In the studio, this leg could be shaped on the power hammer in one heat. Using this ancient human-powered technique, it took four to five heats per leg.

Just a classic Rassawek moment.

Kyle made a brand of the Rassawek logo and used it to burn the logo into cedar shingles created on site. The shingles were cut using early industrial equipment, including a steam-powered tractor. You can see video of these machines in action on our Instagram page.

Blacksmiths at work.

Kyle's using the stump of his anvil to dish out a flower he forged, giving it some three-dimensional depth.

Most of the shows we did this spring were fairly small events, so it's been a while since we set up our full booth. It's fun to see what elements we've kept and what's changed since the last time.