SOFA QuadState Conference 2016

SOFA QuadState Roundup Blacksmith Conference 2016

September 23 - 25, Miami County Fairgrounds, Troy, Ohio

This year the 2016 SOFA Quadstate Roundup is extremely proud to be hosting premier blacksmiths from South Africa, Ireland and Bavaria. Please join us for this rare opportunity to meet and learn from these international artists at this year’s 2016 Quadstate Roundup!

Here is the line up for Quadstate 2016!

Kim Thomas

As part of the friday night activities, smith Kim Thomas will give a presentation of a restoration project for work by Samuel Yellen.

Finin Liam Christie, Ireland

Finin Liam Christie is a blacksmith of some 37 years who served a blacksmith apprenticeship back in 1980 in the railroad of Ireland,in Dublin, learning every aspect of the making of a locomotive, welding all types, cast iron, arc, gas, tig, mig, and general forging. In the 1990s when work was scarce he started getting work by knocking on doors all across the city and had custom made a cycle bike to be able to carry a small anvil, sledge, welder, etc. He carried out repairs to gates and railings around the city. After about a year he was able to purchase a small car and trailer and met a customer at one of these houses who happened to be a foreman in the local council and ended up being a contractor for Dublin city council for 17 years.

Finin will demonstrate toolmaking: hammers tongs, chisels, axes, etc.

Finin Liam Christie Blacksmither Intervew #57
Heather and Kevin Harvey, South Africa

Heather and Kevin Harvey (jointly known as Heavin) from South Africa are both Master Bladesmiths with the American Bladesmith Society. They attained their M.S stamps in 2003 making them, at that time, the only married couple Mastersmiths. Heather was the second lady Master Bladesmith. There are now four ladies and one other married couple Mastersmiths worldwide. They are the only Master Bladesmiths on the African continent. Both are also members of the Knifemakers' Guild of Southern Africa and founder members of the Southern African Bladesmiths Association. Both are authorised instructors in Bladesmithing with the ABS. Regular classes are presented at their Heavin Forge Bladesmithing Studio and School in South Africa. The two have also taught at the Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing in Arkansas. Kevin specializes in collector grade Bowies with an old style flavour using predominantly natural handle materials and made from his own Damascus steel. He also makes daggers and fighters regularly. More recently he is embellishing work with his own engraving and his sheaths are distinctive, often using exotic leather inlays. Among his most remarkable awards are the BR Hughes award for best knife submitted for review by a new Mastersmith applicant and the Historic Bowie Knife Association award for best Bowie by a Masterbladesmith at the Atlanta Blade Show. In South Africa he has twice won Best Knifemaker on Show and numerous awards of excellence for knives in Fighter, Dagger and Historical categories. On one occasion even Best Art Folder - an unusual entry for Kevin. Heather particularly enjoyed making traditional African weapons which included spears, sickle swords and axes in her own Damascus steel. One of her assegais (Zulu spears) was used on the cover of renowned author, Wilbur Smith's book "Assegai". Wilbur Smith also used one of her African Swords on the cover of the reprint of his first book "When the Lion Feeds". She also made primitive "Mountain Man Folders" usually with an old coin on the handle. She also made wedding bands and other jewellery from her Damascus. "Made and enjoyed" in the past tense as she is no longer able to work in the forge due to permanent injuries to both hands. Their work has been published in many knifemaking books and publications. They both won the "Chairman's Award" in 2015 from both the American Bladesmith Society and the Knifemakers' Guild of Southern Africa, for their work in promoting the forged blade and their efforts in continually teaching and setting up the Bladesmithing School in South Africa. When not in the forge, they can be found fly-fishing, horse riding or camping. If you would like to see more of their one-off creations or learn more about their school, please look at their website,

THE ZULU ASSEGAI (SPEAR) AND ITS HISTORY IN SOUTH AFRICA. The demonstration will be making a Zulu Assegai (spear) which wwill be partially completed at home, particularly the wooden shaft as this involves lathe work. The demo work will predominantly involve forging the blade, heat treating it, grinding and polishing. The blade length, excluding the narrow tang is in the region of 12 to 14".

If you would like to see more of their one-off creations or learn more about their school, please look at their website Heather and Kevin Interview on #82
Peter Brunner, Wendelstein, Bavaria

Peter Brunner - More Info Soon! -

Peter will demonstrate forging a bench seat.