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As August draws to a close, I am preparing my studio for all the visitors I hope will come to see me demonstrate metalworking on the weekend of the Front Range Open Studios Tour.


My studio has undergone a transformation over the past few months; some rearranging and redecorating.  Out with the old, in with the new.  I have made a lot of changes to my studio space to give me more room, better organization and a nice open feeling.  I can finally see the top of my bench, which is inspiring in and of itself!  On the peg board above my bench, you can see an assortment of Fretz Hammers and even the new jeweler’s saw by Sobaone.


I have new tools and new projects.  Meet my new rolling mill, a Durston….I keep referring to it as a rolling mill on steroids!  Of course there is my trusty Cliff Carroll anvil, along with my Shark Bite hydraulic press.  Plus an assortment of hammers from N C Black & Co.  Yes, I do like my tools.


Several additions to my tool repertoire are my bench shear by Accucutter and a Craftsman drill press.


Certainly, no metalsmithing studio is complete without the solder station area.  Safety is a must here.


For this year’s tour, I am doing something  that I hope will be fun for the visitors, get them involved and wake up their inner creative spirit!  I am providing an opportunity for people to create their own earring designs from an assortment of components I’ve made.  Shown below is just a sampling of a few of the earring components people can choose from.  Prices for the completed earrings will vary depending on what is selected.


And yes, there is a basset hound in the background, because nothing is done in my studio without basset supervision.  Or as Dan likes to put it, everything is easier with a basset around!


These are a few examples of the type of earrings someone can design.  I thought this would be a great way for people to awaken their inner artist.  What do you think?

This is my third year on the tour.  It continues to grow and change like a vital, energized living being.  There are so many talented artists on this year’s tour.  I am just delighted and humbled to be be a part of this group again.  Like me, a number of this year’s artists have surprises in store for those visitors to our studios.

Of course, I will be demonstrating various metalsmithing techniques throughout the weekend.  Metal piercings, like I use to create the trees in my Treescape series, texturing, stone setting, soldering and more.  My goal is to walk people through the fabrication process via a pictorial overview, accompanied by a variety demos I will perform.

All of us are very excited about this year’s tour and the potential for people to learn more about our work and our process.

Just in case more enticement was needed to visit my studio, I will be introducing my newest studio mascot, Thorin.

Thor11WeeksCallaway’s Thorin Oakenshield (aka Thor)

Now if a cute, not so little, basset hound puppy won’t get you in the car to come over to my studio, I’m not sure what will!

Click here for the map, with directions, for all the artist studios on the tour…including mine.  And look for the bright yellow directional signs with the tour logo to help you find an artist’s location.


I welcome you to join me and my fellow artists for these 2 days in September when we open our studios to the public.

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.


This beautiful anvil is mine. I purchased it today, from Cliff Carroll’s Horseshoer’s Supplies in Larkspur, Colorado….just up the road from where I live. I couldn’t believe my good fortune.  It’s only 35 pounds and of course he makes bigger ones….hmmmm maybe one day.  I met Mr. Carroll, he is a delightful person and has been making anvils in Larkspur for 33 years.  Wow.  Who knew?  Well, not me.   I am so excited about this.  I have my first anvil and I think it is absolutely beautiful.  Mr. Carroll told me that he ships his anvils all over the world.  And these 35 pound ones are just right for art jewelry metalsmiths like myself.  He receives orders from Jewelry schools for these little beauties and he is familiar with a lot of the places around the world where metalsmithing classes are taught!


My father taught me the importance of tools and I just love them.  Probably odd for a woman to be so enamored with tools, but I have been from a very early age. Thanks Dad!  And I have had the good fortune of meeting other women that appreciate their value too, like Lexi Erickson, Helen Driggs, and most of the female metalsmiths I’ve met or read about!  Cool.

What I find interesting is I have searched the web, been to farrier forums, metalsmiths forums, art jewelry forums, in my quest for an anvil over the past couple of months.  And just last week I was reading a post from an art jewelry designer/maker, who just got her Cliff Carroll anvil.  She was extremely impressed with the quality.  And I tucked that tidbit of information away, thinking this is a name I need to remember in my quest for the anvil.

Last night I searched the web for farrier suppliers in Colorado and ran across the url for Mr. Carroll’s website.  I clicked on the link and search through the anvils offered.  I do have my eye on one of the 70 pounders, but for now I thought, lets just stick to basics and a 35 lb. anvil should do nicely.  I’m looking for contact information, how to place an order, etc, and to my delight I see his business is in Larkspur.  That’s roughly 30 minutes from our house.  I called, spoke directly with him, and was so impressed with his knowledge and helpfulness.  He was going to be open on Saturday and yes I could stop by and purchase the anvil.  Yay!

As Dan & I drove up to the shop this morning, it fits the settings you find around Larkspur.  Mr. Carroll even commented that we would be surprised to find his three large buildings behind the main office where the actual manufacturing takes place.  Well, yes we would.  And that got me thinking, what a great article for Lapidary Journal!  Metal workers use anvils all the time.  Lapidary Journal writes articles about Cool Tools.  What could be better for the readership than an article about anvils and his are made right here in the USA.  I’ve mentioned all of this to Lexi today and she thinks a field trip is in order to Mr. Carroll’s place of business.  How exciting!

I’ll leave you with a copy of his business card and my wishes for a great day and week of creativity.  If you are in need of a quality anvil, Cliff Carroll’s anvils fit the bill!

Aspire to be more as an artist and a person.


Kathleen Krucoff

Artist and Metalsmith

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