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David Court
New England Blacksmithing

David Court began working as a blacksmith in 1971. A long family connection to New England and an intense interest in early American iron work provided him with ample examples of fine workmanship. The direct approach to the design and execution of antique iron appealed to him from the beginning. The mystery and magic of producing fine works with hammer, tongs, and open fire captivates him to this day. Over time his style of blacksmithing has broadened to incorporate a wide range of work but the austere qualities of early American iron still form the basics of his style. Court specializes in traditional joinery and especially forge welding. Court is a member and past officer with the New Hampshire League of Craftsmen, Artist Blacksmiths of North America (ABANA), The New England Blacksmiths and the American Crafts Council (ACC).

Preferred activities and age groups: Hands-on workshops, demonstrations and lectures at a variety of community settings pr imarily in the Merrimack Valley and at David's shop in Northfield. Commissions and private lessons available upon request. Interested in working with ages 12 and up.

Availability: Statewide primarily spring & winter months

Demonstrations & workshops: $400.00/day + Travel & Meals. Speaking engagements are negotiable.

Contact Information:
291 Bay Hill Rd
Northfield, NH 03276
Phone: 603/286-3097


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