Fire on the Mountain Blacksmithing Festival:

Master Demonstration Workshop with Nol Putnam

Friday, April 27, 2012, 9:30 am - 4:00pm in the Penland iron studio

Nol Putnam (photo: Megan S. Smith)


Nol Putnam opened his first forge in 1973. He taught himself the craft with the help of books, stubbornness and a mentor. Starting in the early 1980s he undertook large architectural commissions – gates, balconies, curved handrails. While he still does a few commissions, his work since 2001 has
largely been sculptural, ranging in size from the palm of the hand to architectural scale.


"I imagine there will be leaves and vines, perhaps something with pipe, assorted peculiar movements with iron, and illustrating questions from the floor. In between there will be philosophy, stories, anecdotes, encouragement and laughs. It should be a great time, a convivial group dance around the anvil. We will also discuss how to handle big work in a one-man shop; drawing; surviving large commissions; design elements; and whatever else may come up." - Nol Putnam


Nol Putnam West Wind, wrought iron (photo: Caulfield Gallery)


The workshop will break for lunch from 12pm to 1:15pm. You may choose to bring your own lunch, eat in the Penland Coffeehouse or eat in the Pines Dining Hall (advance reservation required).


$50 fee; space is limited. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be
accompanied by full registration fee (check made out to "Spruce Pine Main Street").


Mail completed application to:

Penland School of Crafts, Attn: Stacey Lane (Nol Putnam Workshop), P.O. Box 37, Penland, NC 28765


If you would like to ask questions about the workshop, please call Stacey Lane at 828.765.8060 or e-mail


This workshop is presented by Spruce Pine Main Street and Penland School of Crafts as a part of the 2012 Fire on the Mountain Blacksmithing Festival.