Lonnie Jensen owns Jensen & Sons Ironworks in Colston, UT, a very large and successful metal working shop that produces forged and fabricated ironwork for architectual and commercial uses. Lonnie is a true craftsman who is skilled in a diverse array of metal working skills including Damascus steel and bladesmithing. He is an understudy of Ray Rybar, a Master Smith stamp from the American Bladesmith Society whose specialty has been working with mosaic patterns, words and pictures. He is most known for having bold Damascus patterns and intricate mosaics. When Lonnie learned of this event, he offered to bring a 6 ton Chambersburg hammer just to show and tell!
My introduction to metal work came in high school welding class. I was fascinated with the process of melting metal and sticking two pieces together. After high school my first real job was in a foundry making molds and filling them with molten iron. I loved the work even though it was hot and dirty. Later I got a job in a steel mill and stayed most of my life, I was hooked on the fire and process of working in the heat. During that time I also started tinkering with a welder and torch, making things for cars and other stuff. I didn’t know anything about forging but I could weld and heat and bend and file and usually make whatever I was working on work. Then I read an article about blacksmithing and the light came on this is what I wanted to do. After the steel mill closed, I thought to myself, now there's no reason I can’t be a blacksmith. I had an old Readers Digest book that showed how to make a forge out of a brake drum so I set out with my welder to cobble together a forge. The first time I succeeded in getting metal hot and hitting it with a hammer I knew this was what I had been missing. I researched everything I could find about forging then I would run out to the shop and try to make it work. One of the best things I did was find a local blacksmithing group and join. I went to all the meetings and workshops learning everything I could, then I would rush home and fire up the forge trying to put to use what I had learned. After more than twenty years I still love every single hammer blow and how it moves the metal into a beautiful or useful form.
Artist Cindy Chinn, AKA the Saw Lady,
Internationally known Artist from Chester, NE.
I love to create- it’s my life. I’ve worked as an artist forever and have done everything from animating video games to painting giant murals. I’ve designed slot machines and micro carved pencils. The list goes on! But after all these years of working in so many mediums, I seemed to have found my niche creating metal art. I am an Artist first and a Welder second and my varied background is what makes me different from a lot of other Metal Artists. Having that diverse background and experience allows me create unique designs …and love the challenges of turning old rusty tools into Folk-art.
It all started in 2005 when I bought a torch and found 12 saws at a yard sale ...16 years and 4000 saws later, I have developed a unique way of telling stories for my collectors around the world. My hand cut designs have been featured in several publications and TV specials, including a documentary on NET/PBS earlier this year.
Cindy will be teaching 30 minute, one-on-one class sessions throughout the day Saturday using a Hypertherm Powermax 30 XP Air. Registrants are welcome to watch and ask questions but the real learning happens when you get your hands dirty cutting out a saw blade of your own. Register now for this unique opportunity.