Not only does David Osmundsen keep alive the craft of blacksmithing by producing items, he also teaches the skill to others at the Arrowhead Forge School of Blacksmithing in Buffalo, Wyoming.
With nearly 50 years working as a blacksmith and gunsmith under his belt, Osmundsen has the credentials. He has been endorsed by the Wyoming Arts Council to teach blacksmithing as a folk art. He helped develop a teaching program using the National Curriculum of the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America for the Northern Rockies Blacksmith Association. A member of the Wyoming Artist Blacksmith Association, Osmundsen has created items for dignitaries, including First Lady Rosalyn Carter; and for agencies such as the National Park Service and National Forest Service. His work has been on display at The Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York; and The John Kohler Art Center in Wisconsin; among others.
Osmundsen’s main focus is education. He offers one- to four-week blacksmithing classes throughout the year. Students come from all parts of America, Canada and around the globe to attend. When not teaching, Osmundsen designs and builds ornamental iron gates, railings, building hardware and botanical iron sculptures for clients.
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