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My name is Patrick Quinn. I am a blacksmith who focuses on making tools, and one of a kind hand made sculptures. I am currently working towards my MFA in blacksmithing in Carbondale, Illinois.
What made you want to be a maker?
I wanted to be a maker because of the pleasure I get from making things that others benefit from, whether it be functionally or intellectually. Being a toolmaker, I get no greater pleasure than making tools that other artists and makers use to build their products. I enjoy making quality tools from quality materials that will last more than a lifetime. In my sculpture I make every part, down to the hardware. It is enjoyable being able to make all aspects of my work, and I am happier forging and machining nuts and bolts, than going to the hardware store and purchasing them. Building parts that other people take for granted, I find is what gives my work the dynamic handmade touch that makes it stand out. I find metal, specifically steel, very fulfilling to work with.
Why should people support your business/products?
It takes patience and craftsmanship to make quality metal goods. With quality tools, materials, and traditional forging techniques - I make custom tools, functional items, and sculpture. Supporting me means supporting a blacksmith who makes items by hand, with a hammer and anvil. Great pride and responsibility is taken in the tools and objects I build. I bring the same attention to detail to my tools as I do my sculpture. It is important to me to treat everything with the same care and attention I would if I was building it for myself.
Favorite product that you make?
Hammers. The process is so interesting and transformative. I start with a certain size piece of steel, depending on the kind of hammer, and with heat and pressure I create a hand made tool that can be passed down from generation to generation. I make all varieties of hammers, my biggest one to date is a 14lb sledgehammer for another talented blacksmith, to tiny jewelers hammers, and claw hammers for the wood workers. My hammers are not cast! They are hand forged from quality tool steel and heat-treated individually by me.
List five of your favorite tools.
1. Hammer and Anvil – Preforms most hand forging operations
2. Forge – Heats up the steel to be forged
3. File – Very controlled and deliberate material dressing
4. Combination Square – Very accurate layout
5. Striker – A trusted co-worker there at a moments notice to swing a sledgehammer. With the help of a striker you can preform very specific forging processes with the help of top and bottom tools
(photographs from Patrick Quinn)
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