Happy New Year to all! Looking forward into 2017, I wanted to share some information about what I will be up to this year. This includes updates about my residency, some workshops and events, and some changes I have made to my online store and ordering.

STORE - I now have my online store divided into two categories - Standard and Unique. Please click over to the STORE for information about the new format and ordering process. Thanks!

RESIDENCY - This has been an incredibly full year as a resident artist at the Penland School of Crafts. After cutting out commission work and just focusing on making production tools, I successfully freed up more to time to make some work that I am really committed and invested in. This has mostly taken the form of locks, including a mokume gané padlock and a puzzle lock, but the real star of the show is a ten-bolt chest lock. I began constructing this in March of 2016, and as of January 1, 2017 I have officially made all the parts of the lock and now need to begin the chest which it will secure. This has been an extremely demanding and rewarding process, and I am so grateful for this time during my residency to indulge in making such an object. Here is an in-process image of the lock as of yesterday. There is still plenty of finishing to do, but it is fully constructed and awaiting the construction of its chest. I have been using Instagram to show some of the process in making this so far, so if you are interested you can see more by following me @sethgould.

WORKSHOPS - This year I will be teaching two workshops. The first one is at the Center for Metal Arts. I have taught at CMA before and I am really looking forward to returning. It is a great teaching facility run by a fun and passionate group of individuals.  I will also be headed up to the New England School of Metalwork where I am excited to be teaching for the first time. Please follow the links below for more information. 

Center for Metal Arts - April 7-9 - The Hacksaw 

New England School of Metalwork - June 26-30 - Fine Forged Bench Tools

EVENTS - You will also see me around at a couple of events this year. First, I will be doing a short demonstration at the Fire on the Mountain blacksmithing festival right here in Spruce Pine, NC on April 29th. It is a great little festival and I hope to see you there! Next I will be making the trek out to Amana, IA for the Handworks 2017 event this year. The event is on May 19-20 and I will be bringing tools for sale with me and potentially doing some demonstration. I have heard nothing but good things about this gathering and I am really excited to be included this year. 

TRAVEL - I also have a research and education trip in the works to return to Japan the end of this year and study with several metalsmiths over the course of six weeks. More information to come!




Locks, locks, locks...

Padlocks have been on my mind a lot lately. Here I want to share one that has been particularly enjoyable to design and create. This puzzle lock requires the user to know multiple "tricks" to unlock. This lock has been an exciting introduction to this sort of work and has me eager to continue further down the rabbit hole...

I have also put two of my padlocks for sale in my STORE, so please have a look at those as well!


Three Jeweler's Saws are available in my STORE. Each one is forged, fit, and uniquely embellished with decorative file work. 

In other news, I have a few pieces that are headed to Japan for a North American Mokume-Gane exhibit that show at two location over the next few months. The three pieces I made for the exhibit are a pair of DIVIDERS, a SQUARE, and a PADLOCK




The measuring tools in my store were unavailable for a while because I took a little time to make some adjustments to the design. The main change is to their length - I shortened them from 9" down to 7". I noticed that I was always reaching for the 7" pair that I have at my bench, and so it seemed obvious to make that size as my standard offering. Whether you are laying out dovetails or forging parts to size, these dividers are a great size for a variety of work in a range of disciplines. I use my pair everyday. 

See more in my STORE

Also, a little side note is that I have recently made my way into the great wide world of Instagram. If you are interested in seeing more frequent photos of what I am up to, you can follow me @sethgould. Hope you see you there!


Spring, summer, and fall have filled up fast, so I am looking forward to a busy and exciting year. Here is a list of some things I am going to be involved with over the coming months:

April 24-26 | In just about a month I am headed to Ashokan, NY for the Northeast Blacksmithing Association's Spring Hammer-In. I will be the demonstrator for the weekend. There will also be an iron smelt going on, so it is sure to be a fun time.

May 1-3 | I am sticking around the northeast to teach a class the following weekend at the Center for Metal Arts. I think there are still a couple spots left in the class, so if you are interested in honing your forging skills as well as learning some decorative filing and inlay, head on over to their website to sign up.

June 12 | I have a solo show opening at the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, TN. This is part of the Tributaries exhibition series they put on each year, and will also include an artist lecture at the Memphis College of Art.  

September 20 -November 13 | I will be at Penland School of Crafts teaching Fall Concentration in the iron studio. This two month long class will focus on forging, refining, and ornamenting small utilitarian objects. I am excited to share that Peter Ross will be joining me to co-teach for part of the concentration, so it is going to be a really excellent class. I will be sure to share more when Penland posts their fall classes online. 


It is that lovely time of year when I have two fires to start each morning, one in the wood stove and one in the forge. I chip through the ice on the slack tub and run my tools through the fire to take the chill off before I start the day's work. It would be nice to stand in front of the forge all day, but there is still cold work to be done as well. 

Here are some process and finished shots of a folding brass and steel ruler that I was commissioned to make. The delineation on the front measure 10 inches, and on the back, 4 cm. The rosette and markings are carved and engraved with hammer and chisel. I made one of these a few years ago, and I think it may have even been the first thing I ever engraved. It was very enjoyable to revisit this format with new skills and a different eye for the design. Luckily I got this done before the real cold hit, and now it's back to the forge to keep warm. 


I will be participating in an exhibition called Crafting the Cocktail: Handmade Objects and Implements for Classic and Modern Libation at the Craft in America Center, in Los Angeles, CA. The bottle opener and corkscrew will be part of this exhibition which showcases handmade barware associated with enjoying craft cocktails. CRAFT IN AMERICA has teamed up with the MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN COCKTAIL to host a number of events and talks across the city in conjunction with the exhibition. It opens on Dec. 6, and if you are in the area you should definitely check it out! Click the image below for more info. 


Some people get This Old House to come and remodel, but I have my very own This Old Studio to call on, also known as Mom and Dad. This past weekend my parents came out for the first time since they helped me do the initial building in the shop. This time we tackled constructing a temporary wall to divide the space in my shop and make it easier to heat in the cold Cleveland winters. I will be able to take down the framed plastic wall in the spring to enjoy the open bay door, but for the coming months it should help keep the shop a bit warmer.

After they left I was thinking about how my shop has developed and changed in just the past year and a half. I am more observant than ever when I visit work shops or studios. I am more aware of what kind of light, space, storage, and all around layout they have and how they operate. I find that it makes all the difference in world to have a space you are comfortable working in versus one that just doesn't flow.

I went back and looked at some of the initial pictures we took while building out the space, and I thought it would be fun to retake the photos today. So here are a few shots of before and  after...


Also, here is a shot from my bench today of an engraved folding brass ruler I am working on. I made one similar to this a few years ago, and when a client approached me about making one for them I was excited to revisit the object with new skills and a fresh perspective.


Here are some pieces that show a new style of brass inlay that I have been playing with. This broad inlay is accented through file decoration and provides a large canvas with potential for engraving or carving. Unlike the line inlay, ninety percent of this inlay can be done with files right in the vise. It is a relatively quick way to add some very nice embellishment. I am excited to keep pushing this technique forward and see what else I can do with it. 


A few months ago, a friend asked me to help him out with an article he was writing for Edible Cleveland, a magazine that showcases the local food movement here in Cleveland. The aim was to do a how-to on making a barrel grill, so we got ahold of a barrel, collected some scraps and spent an afternoon piecing one together. It was supposed to be pretty down and dirty, so it was mostly cut and weld. We did fire up the forge for a little decorative touch as well, but you will have to check it out online to see that: Building a Barrel Grill.