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Volume 18 - Page 1 of 2 April 14, 2000
Bill Pieh, Dies at home April 14, 2000
Bill Pieh, founder of Centaur Forge, Ltd. died today. Bill was one of the "old guard" of blacksmithing that has helped support American farriers and blacksmiths through a time when there were almost no resources for blacksmiths. In 1998 Bill had bypass surgery and was still recovering while attending the ABANA conference in Asheville NC. His love for blacksmithing was so great that he attended the conference despite his doctor's advice and family's wishes. We saw him again at CanIronII in Calgary Canada last summer and he was doing well. He recently had a heart attack while attending another conference. He died while resting at home.

Bill was 65, and is survived by his wife Bonnie, three sons, two daughters and seven grandchildren. Bill was born and died in Burlington, WI, where he established his business, Centaur Forge Ltd., (details page 2).

Bill Pieh established Centaur Forge, Ltd. in 1960. His early catalogs were no more than a few stapled sheets. According to Richard Postman in Anvils in America Centaur took over the importation of Swedish Kohlswa anvils from the Swedish-American Steel Company in 1960. These anvils were sold with the Centaur trademark until the mid eighties when they started having a quality problem.

As late as 1977 the Centaur catalog was only 28 pages (14 sheets plus order forms). Today it is over 200 pages.

In the 70's Bill Pieh added the Kuhn air hammer line to the list of tools and equipment he had made or imported. He said, "I brought one of these to the Purchase, N.Y Conference. Everyone liked it".
When I first met Bill at the Ripley, WV ABANA conference in 1984 he was showing off Kuhn hammers and when I met him again at Asheville in 1998 he was still showing off Kuhn hammers.

Obituary, page 2
Article in progress.

Vol.1 (May-June 1998 - JYH)
Vol.2 ABANA 1998 Conf
Vol.3 Camp Fenby
Vol.4 ABANA Late
Vol. 5 PABA Edition
Vol. 6 AFC Edition
Vol. 7 Virginia Edition
Vol. 8 Thanksgiving Edition
Vol. 9 New Year's 1999 Edition
Vol. 10 1st International Edition
Vol. 11 Gichners Iron Age Antiques
Vol. 12 Spring Fling, blowing the anvil
Vol. 13 Southeast Conference Part I
Vol. 14, CanIron II, Calgary, AB, Canada
Vol. 16, Francis Whitaker, Eternal Flame
Vol. 17, Spring 2000 Edition

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Bill Pieh Obituary, page 2

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Force to 300
Bill Pieh

Arrangements for visitation will be:

Monday afternoon at Schuette & Daniels Funeral Service, 625 Browns Lake Rd, Burlington at 3:00 pm

The funeral mass will be held 7:00 pm Monday evening at:

   St. Charles Church
   449 Conkey St.
   Burlington, WI

The burial will be on Tuesday morning in St. Charles Cemetery.

Force to 300
Bill Pieh
Bill Pieh At the June 1998 ABANA Conference in Asheville, NC. From video by Jim "Paw-Paw" Wilson.
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