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Volume 34 - Page 10 of 37 July 7, 2004
ABANA Conference -Uri Hofi Demo
Richmond, Kentucky - EKU Campus
Uri Hofi Israeli Blacksmith Uri Hofi  was brought to the ABANA conference to demonstrate the Big Blue hammers and the Uri Hofi Quick Change (QC) die system while free form forging. In this style forgimg only the dies in the hammer are used. No other special tools are needed.

I got to spend several hours talking with Uri. He says that his most important work is teaching, passing on what he has learned to the next generation. Part of his method includes the relevance of things like geometric ratios and proportioning. Although we disagree on some minor points we both agree that there is much more to being a blacksmith than just pounding iron. The knowlwedge of art, science and mathematics are as much as part of the process as is forging.

Uri had been teaching in Berlin and slowly getting them to adopt his teaching methods. He has also been teaching in New York as well as Israel.
Invitation: This is Uri Hofi's Tenth Aniversary of demonstrating in the United States. Uri invites all his former students and friends to a special demonstration on Friday evening July 9th at 6:30 PM. You are invited to the Big BLU demo site to say hello, sign in and enjoy the event. - Hofi Uri
Left, Uri Hofi demonstrating, Steve Barringer of B2 Design and Big BLU Power Hammer School looking on. Uri is straightening a piece on a wood stump.

Uri had near capacity crowds at his pre-event demonstrations today. He demonstrated the flexibility and usefullness of the combo dies and Hofi Crown dies on the Big BLU hammer.

Page 27-29   Uri Hofi Big BLU Gallery
Samples made nearly 100% on the crown and combination dies without other tools. Continued. .

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