October 12th Program:
MGF Monthly Educational Meeting
Steel, Fire, Anvil and Good, Honest Sweat!
with Seth Pauley,
Lead artisan blacksmith,
Red Pig Tools
From prehistoric times to the present, humans have designed, built, and used a multitude of tools to improve their environment and help attain a lasting food supply. Many of today's garden tools are but kissing cousins of the ancient tools used by the Romans and medieval Europeans. In this talk, artisan blacksmith and toolmaker Seth Pauley of Red Pig Garden Tools shares a brief overview of the history of garden tools through anecdotes and stories. He also covers topics such as the key parts of a garden tool and how to identify the characteristics of a high-quality garden tool, while providing tips for matching the right tool to the right job. Additionally, he covers some of the basics of ergonomics and tool care which many lifelong gardeners will not have learned or will have forgotten over the years.
Free Shipping offer: Seth is offering MGFCC members and course participants a Free Shipping discount in combination with a free local delivery date that is scheduled for October 30th, 2021 at the 78th Street Heritage Farm parking lot. If you would like to order any tools prior to the course, the coupon code is MGFCC21 or it can be accessed via the following link:
Seth Pauley is the lead artisan blacksmith and creator at Red Pig Garden Tools. He took on ownership of the business in 2017, after two years of hands-on training from his friend and mentor, Bob Denman, who founded the company in 1989. Seth has personally made more than 10,000 hand-forged tools, and loves the on-going opportunities to learn that the hard-working life of an artisan provides.
Seth has followed an unconventional career path. He has a bachelor's degree in History from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec and a Master's Degree in Creative Writing from Temple University in Philadelphia. He has founded or co-founded four other small businesses; taught university level courses in creative writing and literature; and written and edited one book as well as various articles, short stories and reviews for arts and culture-related publications. He has served on multiple school boards and committees, helped found a community garden in Cleveland, Ohio and, before dedicating himself to Red Pig Garden Tools, spent 10 years working with various artists as well as the owners of small, family-owned American manufacturers. He now takes all those acquired skills and puts them to use running Red Pig Garden Tools.