Michael Leo Chmielewski
Seeking Opportunities with Shop Owners
For additional information, please contact Bob Bergman at:
5516 Grover Ave Apt. 201
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 694-3424 cell
(512) 323-0981 home
Medical Insurance: Yes
Academic Education (last year completed): B.F.A. Computer Animation,
Fine Arts Minor, Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL.
Blacksmithing Classes & Workshops: Austin Community College instructor
William Bastas. Hand forging, power hammer, toolmaking, and multiple process welding courses. Attended conference workshops at ABANA Conference, Richmond, Kentucky 2004.
Blacksmithing Work Experience: Iron Tulip Austin, Texas (Doc McFadzen)
and Hammerfest Forge Marble Falls, Texas (Larry Crawford).
Skills Acquired: Hand forging, power hammer (Sayha, Sahinler, Striker, Little Giant, Anyang), MIG, TIG, Stick, Oxy-Fuel welding, plasma torch, layout/design, woodworking, 3D computer graphics, and web design.
Length of Stay Interested In: Flexible
Dates Available: Available January 2005
176 Bocana Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Medical Insurance: Yes
Academic Education (last year completed):B.A. Williams College (Geology/English Literature
Blacksmithing Classes & Workshops: I have taken classes with Geronimo Bayard at American Blacksmith in Oakland, CA and classes at The Crucible, Berkley, CA.
Blacksmithing Work Experience: I have been taking classes for about a year now. I have made tools, hinges, wine racks, candleabras, etc. I am looking for experience in trade for work.
Skills Acquire: Hand Forging, Power Hammer, Lay Out and Design
Length of Stay Interested In: flexible
Academic Education (last year completed): Year 10
Dates Available: September 2001-Until ?
664 Elderslie Road
Medical Insurance: No
Blacksmithing Classes & Workshops: During my trade course I have traveled to Sydney for my formal training requirements, which I have completed. Skills learned include a wide range of blacksmithing subjects such as heat treatment, spring making, lifting gear, alloy steel forging, i.e. high speed steel, die work, hand anvil work and more.
Blacksmithing Work Experience: I am a fourth year apprentice blacksmith and boilermaker and will be finishing my time at the end fo 2006 and will become a tradesman in both trades. I have been working in a workshop which does mainly general and industrial work, including tool dressing, heat treatment, engineering forging, with occasional decorative and structural work.
Skills Acquired: Hand forging, power hammer, MIG, TIG, Stick, Oxy-Fuel welding & cutting, profile cutting, layout/design, heat treatment, lathe machining.
Length of Stay Interested In: two weeks to six months
Dates Available: February 2007 - December 2010
P.O. Box 81302
Fairbanks, AK 99708
Academic Education (last year completed): Completed University of Alaska Fairbanks UAF avaiation program, also, completed UAF welding program. I have also have taken several foundry and metalsmithing courses via university fine arts program.
Blacksmithing Classes & Workshops: University of Alaska-Fairbanks; metalsmithing, bronze casting, heat treatment and knife making including Damascas.
Blacksmithing Work Experience: Knife making and sculptural jobs. I have produced a few aluminum cast pieces, am exploring mokume and have completed a welding program. I am currently studying sculpture, metalsmithing and Damascus steel production. I now have a shop with a propane and coke forge setup where I have done some sculptural and ornamental wrought steel work. I have also acquired some lathe skills. I have logged many hours welding on aircraft mostly stainless,4130 chrome molly steel tubing and aluminum from very thin to substainstal structural work, mostly TIG, though I often use MIG process as well.
Skills Acquire: Hand Forging, Power Hammer, MIG/TIG/Stick, Machining, Lay Out and Design
Dates Available: Matthew is currently in Oaxaca, Mexico (April, 2006) and would love to assist any blacksmith, metal worker in Mexico.
Beginning of December 2005 - onward
Robert (B.J.) Noelke
3927 Kirby Loop Rd.
Ft. Pierce, FL 34981
Medical Insurance: No
Academic Education (Last year completed): BFA in Art (Sculpture Emphasis) from The University of Florida, 2002
List Schools and Workshops: University of Florida (BFA degree), Indian River Community College (AA degree), Center for Metal Arts, Florida, NY
School Class Instructor: Uri Hofi, Beginning and Advanced Blacksmithing Techniques
Blacksmithing Work Experience: Employed by David Ponsler of Ponsler Metal Designs in Jacksonville, Florida for 18 months as a Blacksmith's Assistant. Employed by Jeff Fetty of Jeff Fetty Designs in Spencer, West Virginia for 1 month as a Blacksmith's Assistant. Employed by Pat Cochran of Shadetree Studios for 18 months as a Studio Assistant.
Skills Acquired: Hand Forging, Power Hammer Forging, MIG/TIG/Stick Welding, Layout, Design, Bronze/Aluminum/Resin Casting, Plaster/Silicone/Fiberglass Mold Making, Stone Working, Wood Working, English Wheel, Hand Tools, Natural, Paint and Patina Finishes.
Dates Available: March 2006 for Part Time Employment (1-6 Months)
26 Beckwith Road
London SE24 9LG United Kingdom
011-44-0207 274 8445
Medical Insurance: UK Resident=National Insurance that would be active while in the United States
Academic Education (last year completed): 2005- Bachelor or Arts in Religious Studies - Bard College, New York.
Blacksmithing Classes and Workshops: I have studied at the Bard College with Jonathan Nebor and the National School of Blacksmithing in the UK which is part of the Hereford College of Technology, where I am doing a National Certificate in Blacksmithing (one year). I have studied with David Field, Chris Blytheman and Henry Pomfret in the UK.
Blacksmithing Work Experience: I have worked at the Capricorn Forge in London and with Hector Cole in Wiltshire (UK)
Skills Acquired: Hand Forging, Power Hammer, MIG/Gas/Stick, Forge Welding, Lay Out, Design.
Length of Stay Interested In: For at least six months
Dates Available: From August 2005
80 Christine Terrace
Milford, CT 06460
Medical Insurance: Health Net Charter POS
Academic Education (last year completed): 2001, high school diploma.
Blacksmithing Classes and Workshops: I have studied at the ACES Educational Center for the Arts, the Hereford College of Technology Center for Rural Crafts, the Brookfield Craft Center. I have studied under David Field, Henry Pomfret, and Adrian Legge.
Blacksmithing Work Experience: As part of the National Certificate course at the HCT Center for Rural Crafts, I did three weeks of work experience with English blacksmiths Peat Oberon and Adrian Wood at their shop, The Forge, located at Preston Hall Museum, Stockton-on-Tees.
Skills Acquired: Hand Forging, Power Hammer, MIG/Gas/Stick, Lay Out, Design.
Length of Stay Interested In: Flexible.
Dates Available: Available at present.