Our demonstrator for the Fall meet is Eric Schatzel. He grew up in the
Hudson Valley and at a young age developed an interest in traditional
trades. He is now 27 and has been smithing for 14 years.
Presently he lives in Otsego County and is the Master Smith of The Field
Blacksmith Shop at The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, NY, where he has benefitted from working with Paul Spaulding, Bob Cerny and others.He also has his own shop, Shatzel Forgeworks.
His main area of interest is the study and practice of traditional smithing,
especially the work of European and American smiths of the 17th through
19th Centuries. Eric has focused on the manufacture of tools, with work
ranging from delicate scissors and cutlery, to larger items such as
goosewing hewing axes and stake anvils.
His work is in use by many museums in the Northeast, including Fort
Ticonderoga, Ganondagan SHS, and the Alexander Knight House.