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BlacksmitHER Radio spotlights blacksmiths around the globe. A kick a** show about kick a** women and men using fire as a tool. We're building resources and connections for the growing number of blacksmiths.
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Episode #86 – Toby Druce “Mid-life Career Change to Blacksmithing Part 2”
Toby Druce is making a mid-life career change to become a blacksmith. He is from the Toronto area in Ontario Canada and has been a social worker with the City of Toronto for the past 29 years. He has decided to change career paths and learn to become a blacksmith by attending the Fleming College Blacksmith Program over the next 15 weeks. Toby and l are doing a 4-part podcast series and this is the 2nd interview, Toby is now 5 weeks into his program. What We Talked About With five weeks into his blacksmith program, he has obtained an A+ in Drawing and forged some tools; a hot chisel, hardy hot cut, punch, drift, and center punch. He just successfully completed his first forge weld a few days ago for a pair of tongs. There are 15 students in the class with an age range from 17 to 57 years old. Each student has to come up with a design of a final project and forge it by the end of the program, Toby’s is going to be a table and table top and it will be his rendition of a compass rose. Along with the final project, each student will also have to show 8 different completed projects. Toby plans to make a set of repousse tools, a demo of repousse, kitchen utensils, a set of garden tools, and more chisels. Toby is already looking to reach out to a few Toronto blacksmith businesses for an apprenticeship. Guest Links Fleming College Artist blacksmith program - http://flemingcollege.ca/programs/artist-blacksmith/courses A Big Thank You to today’s sponsor – Fleming College Maybe more pictures If you enjoyed this episode, I would love it if you would support the show by: telling your friends. sharing this episode using the social sharing buttons below. subscribing to the show and leaving a rating and review in iTunes. Not sure how? Just follow these simple steps here or watch the short video tutorial, http://youtu.be/rq4OCyRGjHc?list=UUH3MfNZLXlKgionAs6kMT_Q subscribing to the show in Stitcher, http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=54499&refid=stpr Thanks so much for your suppor