This is a review of Copper Etching kid's summer camp. This was a great way to spend a free week of my summer. You can make things from bookmarks and rings to bracelets and necklaces, and also a few of your own nick-knacks. You learn how to use things such as jewelry saws, torches, a rolling mill, and others. I look forward to taking other camps here. I would also like there to be a stone setting camp!
Matt is a metalworker that grew up not far from Austin, in the small Texas town of Giddings. He is an active member of the Houston Area Blacksmith Association (HABA) and the Balcones Forge of Central Texas. Through these groups Matt has had the opportunity to learn forge welding and tool making from Mark Aspery, bronze forging and design from Dorothy Stiegler, and hammer making from Nathan Robertson and Lyle Wynn. For the last three years Matt has donated his skills as a blacksmith, in cooperation with HABA, to the Bayou Bend summer camp where he has spread the joy of forging to children age 9-11.
For the last five years Matt has grown his own blacksmithing and fabrication business, Sky Metal Design. He enjoys traveling Texas demanstrating his trade to groups of all ages.He is in his last semester at Austin Community College where he is earning an Associates in Architechural and Ornamental Ironworks.