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Summer  2009
Welcome to the Jeff Fetty Designs Newsletter. 

Many exciting things are happening at the forge this summer and we are eager to share them with you!

Tamarack Foundation Board of Directors Visit Jeff Fetty Designs

In June, the Tamarack Foundation Board of Directors visited the new workshop and studio of Jeff Fetty Designs. Community leaders were also in attendance to tour the new facility.  The event was a success. Tours were given, demonstrations were provided by summer interns and all enjoyed a catered luncheon.

Special thanks to Chef Don from Beckley.
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From left to right: Sue Jennings, Martha DiTrapano, Mindy Walls, Lois Crichton, Elaine Bliss, Sally Barton, David Dickirson, Ann Bradley, Patrick Gregg, Keith Lathi, Jeff with granddaughter Lillian

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Nearly 80 people were in attendance.
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Our Sculptural  Flowers can be purchased as a group or individually.  Indulge yourself with these eye pleasing pieces that range from 18" to 22" in height.

Email Jeff for pricing information at

See more production work.
Jeff Fetty Designs on You Tube

The door is always open to those wishing to visit 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.

Our latest video is footage of Jeff developing new products using a method he refers to as sketching in steel.  Using this method he takes ideas and drawings out of the design studio and into the forge.  Not only does this help the client to conceptualize their commission piece but it is also a lot of fun.

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Forging a Daffodil Stem

Bending a Table Leg

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Introducing Garden Sentries.  

This exciting and dynamic new piece of work combines steel and river stone and stands over 9 feet tall.  The Garden Sentries are featured at the Callen McJunkin Gallery in a show titled "In the Garden".

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Above:Garden Sentries: $3,500
Photo Credit: Andrea Anderson

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This summer we have had many interested visitors and have hosted interns, college groups and a Rotary International Group Study Exchange Team.

Megan Gainer, a student at Winthrop University in Rockhill, SC is currently working and learning as an intern with Jeff Fetty Designs.
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Above: Megan working with the gas forge.

Jeff Fetty Designs and The American College of the Building Arts have formed an internship partnership.  Colin Crader, a student there, spent eight weeks with us this summer.

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Above: Colin forges under the power hammer.
Below: A group photo of the interns, Jeff and Paul

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Kent State University had a group of students visit the forge during one of their breaks from school.  This group of students was touring Appalachia.

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Above: The college group from Kent State with the Jeff Fetty Designs staff.

Rotary International Group Study Exchange Team brought a group of Japanese  professionals to tour and observe our workshop and studio.

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Above: From Left to Right: Shiho Mitsugi, Mayako Shiode, Hiroshi Awashima, Jeff, Takahiro Ueda, Miki Matsumoto 

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  Featured in New Book

Jeff Fetty Designs work has been published in the book, 'From Fire to Form' by Mathew S Clarke.  This book features works from some of the most renowned metalsmiths in the world and presents the reader with over 500 striking color photos displaying artworks produced by today's leading blacksmiths and metalsmiths.

From Fire to Form: Read More.

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"In the Garden"

Jeff Fetty Designs is showing several pieces of work at the Callen McJunkin Gallery in a show titled "In the Garden".  This is a dynamic event held in conjunction with the Festiv-ALL in Charlestion, West Virginia.

Below: Photos from the event

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One Leg to Stand On: 96x18x24
Photo Credit: Andrea Anderson

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Detail of Garden Sentries

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Jeff with long time friend and patron Buffy Wallace of Charleston, West Virginia

Grovewood Gallery Garden Exhibition

The 2nd Annual Sculpture for the Garden Exhibition is currently underway at the Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, NC.  Jeff Fetty Designs is currently displaying several pieces including "Joe Pye" in this show.
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Unique garden sculptures complement the beautiful natural setting of the eleven acres that surround Grovewood Gallery. During June through December, Grovewood hosts its annual Sculpture for the Garden exhibition. Nationally recognized artists display large-scale, contemporary outdoor sculptures of various mediums. Sculptures range from playful pieces suitable for the home or garden, to works for public spaces and corporate settings. This invitational exhibition attracts art lovers and collectors from around the country.

More information on the Grovewood Gallery here.

Information on pieces Jeff Fetty Designs has exhibited at the Grovewood Gallery can be found here.

Above: Detail of Joe Pye
Below: Joe Pye (97x53x12)
Photo Credit: Ashley Van Matre

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Below: My Two Sons (96x53x12)
Photo Credit: Ashley Van Metre

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Recent Commissions  
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Jeff Fetty Designs is creating a custom console table for the Charleston, West Virginia based law firm of Bailey and Glasser. Featuring a decorative band as shown above in the iron sketch, this custom table will have an Italian marble top.

"I often spend extra time at the anvil developing iron sketches.  This teaches me a lot about the project as well as gives the client an actual representation."

--Jeff on commission work development

Watch a video of Jeff sketching in steel here.
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 core members 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: Chucho  
Below: Francisco and his Daughter  
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