Jeff Mohr – Blacksmith
Crawfordville, FL 32327
(850) 528 – 7631
I began my career in the arts and crafts business in 1976. I apprenticed traditional broom making from a Carolina craftsman for a period of one year. There I learned the different styles of tying brooms and creating unique wooden handles. Following mastering these basic skills in broom making, I began participating in various arts and crafts shows around the country marketing my product. Doing shows gave me the opportunity to meet with other artists and to be introduced to new skills.
My interest in blacksmithing grew through such meetings. I began by tying brooms onto other blacksmiths’ handles for a fireplace set. During one such exchange I was given the opportunity to take a hammer up for myself. My search for knowledge and skill began there in 1981. I have studied under a variety of blacksmiths from around the country, including Francis Whitaker, Judd Nelson, Charlie Fuller, Walt Scadden, and Clay Spencer. In 1999, I was afforded the opportunity to travel with a group of economics professors and other craftspeople from the University of Georgia to Croatia. I was humbled to see how practical the blacksmiths work was while he enjoyed a rich life full of family and traditions. I have been teaching classes at John C. Campbell Folk School located in Murphy, North Carolina and the New England School of Metalwork in Auburn, Maine since 1992.
I am an active member of ABANA, the Artist-Blacksmiths’ Association of North America. I participate in both national and local blacksmithing conferences. I had the opportunity to participate in the 1998 ABANA Conference held in Asheville, NC as a part of the Francis Whitaker Ring Team. I taught at the 2010 ABANA Conference held in Memphis, TN. as well as previous ABANA conferences in Birmingham, Alabama and LaCrosse, Wisconsin. I enjoy collecting tools, meeting with other smiths, reading, traveling, doing shows, meeting people, and most of all just heading out to my smithy to work and create.
Since 1977 I have been making my living running my own blacksmith shop. I participate in fine arts and crafts shows around the country. I enjoy demonstrating and selling my craft directly to the public. Many of my pieces are commissioned by individual clients in interior and exterior architectural iron. I have worked for numerous clients including Evander Holyfield, Kenny Rogers, and Bill Berry (R.E.M.). I designed, forge, and installed the entry gates for the Botanical Gardens of Georgia located in Athens, Ga. With each work I strive to make it functional, decorative and affordable while preserving a bit of tradition.
In 2012, I was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Metal Arts Degree by FABA (Florida Artists Blacksmith Association) for my longtime commitment to sharing the art of blacksmithing.