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Spring  2009
Welcome to the Jeff Fetty Designs Newsletter.  We will be using these newsletters to stay in touch and to keep you informed on what is happening at Jeff Fetty Designs.  This is the first of what will be regular installments of newsletters!

Many exciting things are happening at the forge and we are eager to share these with you!
Current Projects
Sculptural Wind Chimes
Jeff Fetty Designs is pleased to announce that we will be working on a powerful and meaningful project--a nearly 10 foot Sculptural Wind Chime for the Beckley, West Virginia Hospice House.

Video of Jeff forging Wind Chimes

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Above: Jeff meets with the Beckley, West Virginia
Hospice House Committee.

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Above: Paul works on an actual size mock up.

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Above: Drawing of the Sculpture.
Jeff Fetty Designs Moves
Into New Workshop

Over the winter Jeff Fetty Designs began the transition into a new 4,000 square foot facility. The workshop is located in the new Artist Colony at Chestnut Ridge in Spencer, West Virginia.
This is an exciting move and represents the third blacksmith shop/artist studio in Jeff's career.

"Our new facility is motivating. This will be a great hosting studio as I move forward with new projects as well as expand my Internship Program. Now we have an 'all in one' facility where students can come to work, to learn and to live."

----Jeff Fetty on the new shop
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These Sculptural Bowls represent the perfect item to enhance your living space or office area.  Versatile and decorative, our Sculptural Bowls provide the perfect gift or the appropriate treat for indulging yourself.

Sculptural Bowls: $175

See more production works.
Jeff Fetty Designs on You Tube

The door is always open to visitors at Jeff Fetty Designs however we realize that many potential visitors are unable to travel to the forge.  Now with the use of You Tube we are bringing the forge to you via The Jeff Fetty Designs Channel.

Watch us live as we produce custom commission work, production pieces and develop new products.

Visit The Jeff Fetty Designs Channel:

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Forging a Daffodil Blossom

Wrapping Table Legs

Forging a Daffodil Stem
Jeff Fetty Designs: New Work

Currently, we are working on an exciting new table.

This table is a collaboration piece with fellow Artist Colony resident Phil Holcomb. Phil is an innovative woodworker and we are pleased to be working with him to create these one-of-a-kind production tables featuring forged legs and wood tops.

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Above: Fetty/Holcomb Sculptural Accent Tables: $375

Forge News

Over the past month we have hosted two college students interested in metal design and forging.  Lucas Henderson visited us from the University of Tennessee while Mary Teibert made the trip over from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

We also welcomed and provided a tour of our new shop to a group of college students from New Jersey who were spending their spring break volunteering in West Virginia.

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Above: The group from Saint Peters College 
Introducing Paul Meyer

Paul MeJFD Newletteryers, along with his wife Shannon and three year old daughter Ruth (Rue Rue), moved to beautiful Spencer, West Virginia in 2008 searching for a simpler life.

  Being well traveled and having a diverse background in art, Paul brings a lot to the table.  His artistic background includes being a big city graffiti artist with published works in Baltimore and New York City, to welding in a Louisiana shipyard, to working on his art in New Mexico. His keen artistic eye and interest in blacksmithing will be a great asset to Jeff Fetty Designs.

Paul is in the Tamarack Foundation Apprenticeship Program.

Learn more about Tamarack Foundation.

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Above: Paul, Shannon and Rue Rue
Below: Paul putting the finishes touches on a sculpture

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Recent Commissions  
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Jeff Fetty Designs recently completed a fire screen for Lacy Rice of Chevy Chase, Maryland.
 In Paris, France in 2000, Lacy and Lisa Rice became engaged in a small chapel at Sacre Coeur Cathedral.  This chapel was adorned with steel lily sculptures.  Having a very prominent fireplace in their new house in Chevy Chase, Maryland. the Rice's needed a fireplace screen and thought that it would be wonderful to have Lilies incorporated to remind them of their engagement.

"Jeff did an amazing job of helping us design the fire screen. It is now the most outstanding piece of art in our home"

--Lacy Rice commenting on the fire screen Jeff designed and produced for him and his wife.

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Above:Drawing of the Sculptural Fire Screen
About Jeff Fetty 
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Jeff has been forging hot iron for over 30 years and plans to do so for at least 30 more years!

"For me, the history of  Blacksmithing as an art  form is inspiring and  rewarding. I am convinced that nature herself can be captured  in this medium with  remarkable accuracy."

--Jeff on his love of Blacksmithing

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Jeff is also an accomplished photographer.  Over the past decade Jeff has been regularly traveling to his adoptive home of Mexico. While in Mexico, Jeff meets local blacksmiths and brings home hand-made tools to add to his extensive collection. He plans to publish a book on these tools.

"Today in Mexico blacksmiths are regarded as a core member of society, much like blacksmiths were here in the United States 100 to 150 years ago.  To me, it is important to give acknowledgment and credit not only to these blacksmiths but to the tradition of blacksmithing."

--Jeff talking about Mexican blacksmithing

Here is a sample of some of Jeff's photographs from his Mexico travels.

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Above: Mastero Guillermo  
Below: Myra  
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