Friday, February 6, 2009

Make: TV

Last year one of my welded sculpture students, Bill Gurstelle, asked if I would be interested in filming a segment of the pilot for a new show on TPT called Make: TV. umm...yes please. Four blacksmithing students joined me down at the MCTC welding lab for the shoot. In the class, each student builds their own forge to take home. They do all of the welding and fabrication themselves. It's pretty amazing to see people who have never been in a metal shop before, walk out with a smithy of their own in 10 weeks. This brings me great joy.

The TPT team had the new smiths showing off their new forging skills as well as some fabulous paint jobs (this group really got into masking and layering the 1200 degree stove paint we coat the forges with). We had a blast!

The show got the funding it needed to roll out January of this year. It's on TPT 2 Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. You can check it out online too at Make: TV

This amazing program airs nationally and came from our very own Twin Cities creative hotbed. One of the many benefits of having the show based here is we get to be a part of it. The Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center will be among the many contributing participants at the Mini Maker Faire going on Saturday March 14, 2009 called Make: Day at the Science Museum of MN.

Come see amazing and innovative makers demonstrate and you can participate as well!

See you there!

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