You might pass by this shop, visible from the Conestoga Parkway, and have no idea of the metal magic happening inside. I serendipitously learned of Sandra Dunn and her business Two Smiths back in 2013 when I (DW) caught a photo of her during an industrial tour associated with BOX Art. Fast-forward to today and helping put Maker Expo together has prodded me to ask myself: who among all the makers I know, from all my travels, do I myself want to see at the event? Sandra is right up there on the list and so I cold-called her last week to ask if she would consider applying. Happily she said: I’m all in! Application submitted!
It’s sort of fitting that we feature Two Smiths here when there are only TWO days left to apply to Maker Expo. I strongly encourage you to apply too as a maker, to participate, to engage in the event. I guarantee your experience will be so much richer as an active player. Life ain’t Netflix. Charles Dickens opened his book David Copperfield thusly: “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.” Maker Expo offers you one more opportunity on a hundred-high pile you have every week to be the hero of your own life. You may apply to show people finger-knitting, or you may be building a better Falcon-9 rocket: either way you are curious and ready to demo/teach/discuss/share what you’re working on. There are no prizes because there’s no judging at Maker Expo. We are all winners because we are all makers.
Before I dive into an unreasonable number of photos, I’ll tell you that Sandra will be offering classes in both coppersmithing and blacksmithing. Small student:teacher ratio. Check out Sandra’s website for contact info. And for all you new practitioners of axe-throwing, there is a whisper of a rumour of a make-your-own-throwing-axe class in the winter. That might be wildly popular.
My second question to Sandra after “Will you apply?” was: can my daughter Arden and I come to your shop and photograph you? Tomorrow? More happiness when Sandra said, sure, 9:30am. Here’s the photo walk.