Wayne Apgar started blacksmithing in 1997. Stopping at a small blacksmith shop in Kintnersville, PA, Wayne watched blacksmith Gerald Biresch for several hours.
“Watching him change the shape of hot metal with hammer and anvil was very interesting. I started reading books on blacksmithing and going to demos of local blacksmiths and I knew I wanted to have my own shop. I was fortunate to find an abandoned blacksmith shop on a farm where a friend was renting. Everything I needed was all in one place: forge, anvil, tongs, hammers, and other assorted blacksmith items. I decided to utilize the stone foundation under my three-car-garage as my shop. I started out making simple things: hooks, plant hangers, small bracelets, etc.” Artist, Wayne Apgar
“A client told me about a craft school she went to in Farmington, PA called Touchstone Center for the Crafts. The blacksmith teacher was Dr. Bob Becker from Oxford, Michigan. I attended my first class there in 1998 and took week-long classes under Dr. Bob every year for ten years. I usually take two week-long classes a year. Some of the other instructors I’ve studied under are Charlie Orlando, Peter Happaney, Tom Latené, Richard Sheppard, and Ray Rybar, learning different techniques and skills every year.” Artist, Wayne Apgar
“I am a current member of MASA (Mid-Atlantic Smiths Association) and ABANA (Artist Blacksmith Association of North America) and a former member of PABA (Pennsylvania Artist Blacksmith Association and SOFA (Southern Ohio Forge Association). As time went on, I started making bigger items: gates, mirror frames, tables, candelabras, railings, door hardware, etc. Through the formal training I received and the commission of several hundred pieces, I am able to forge most anything small to large.”