Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bill Fiorini

My wife checks all the e-mail and reads the newspaper and clips what is important for me to see. Today, sadly, she gave me an e-mail from ABANA saying Bill Fiorini Passed Away on 4 Jun 2011.

I only met him once at the Rocky Mountain Smiths conference in 1999. I didn't have much experience at the time and wasn't really interested in blades or Damascus pattern welding but I found his presentation compelling and I watched it all and a lot of what I still know about those things came from his demonstrations. In my estimation, he was a masterful craftsman, artist and teacher and the craft will miss him.

There are some photos of Bill demonstrating at the Houston Area Blacksmith's Association in 2003 at -
http://www.habairon.org/Hammerfest/bfphotos/index.html

Another link at American Bladesmith Society -
http://www.americanbladesmith.com/ipboard/index.php?/topic/297-passing-of-master-smith-bill-fiorini/

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