Tristan Antonsen (2001) - "Blacksmithing is a craft I've been studying. It is truly a culmination of loving to make things and just thinking it's cool. I have just completed a knife, documented the whole process, and that set of instructions is how I placed in a couple different contests. Here is the link: http://www.instructables.com/id/Small-Pattern-Welded-Damascus-Steel-Kife-With-NO-p
I'm not really sure where my love of making things started, I've done similar things as long as I can remember, and Countryside definitely helped. I remember loving the science fair (I studied rocket nozzles) and other things such as social studies where I made a small working recreation of a medieval siege engine called a ballista (sort of a catapult/trebuchet sized crossbow). It's hard to narrow it down to specifics, but Countryside did a great job of helping me further my interests.
As for upcoming projects, I hopefully will be starting a Medieval Dagger, more knives and such, as well as building more tools (a rebuilt forge, tool organization, sturdier anvil stand, and the like). Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any more questions about blacksmithing."
Tristan is also following his love of making things through his studies in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois.