As many of you know, Paul passed in late February after a long battle with cancer. His passing has been a devastating loss for his family and the blacksmithing and Renaissance Faire communities.
A celebration of Paul’s life will take place on June 8th, here in Grants Pass and we hope you can join us. Please RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/359724078207104/
One of the things Paul expressed before his passing, was his hope to keep Brunetta Blacksmithing open for his family and for the community that he so loved. With Paul in mind, Paul’s Journeyman, Mark Godfrey, who many of you know from Faires along the Pacific Northwest, Erica HooperLee his most recent minion who is still learning to hold a hammer, Earl Blackmore, Bladesmith and former Forged in Fire contestant, and Paul’s loving wife Janet, have decided to try to keep the fire going at Brunetta Blacksmithing.
For more than 10 years Mark has been by Paul’s side as they made his famous roses, belt buckles, gates and firepits. On any Sunday you could come by the shop and hear the two of them, anvils ringing and Celtic Metal playing. Brunetta Blacksmithing will never be the same without Paul, but we will keep his spirit in mind with every hammer blow.
As many know, Paul loved to teach. More importantly, he loved to surround himself with people enthusiastic about the craft. In his memory we are going to begin classes at the shop, some Open Shop classes for the more experienced and others that will help you learn a new skill or two, or even begin your blacksmithing journey. We will start with open shop hours this weekend. I know Paul would love to have all his students back at the shop.
At Faires this year, Lindsay Brown, Paul’s apprentice from Three Stump Forge will continue to host the Brunetta Blacksmithing booth. Next year, you will see Earl and Mark swing their hammer under the Brunetta Blacksmithing banner.
In addition, today, Brunetta Blacksmithing will start taking orders for custom work. Feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any orders or questions.
There is no way to replace the love, energy, laughter and skill that was contained in Paul Brunetta. We want to specifically thank Janet and the entire Brunetta family for allowing us to keep the forge lit in his name. We will try our best to honor and respect the craft that he taught and the joy that he brought to us all.
One last thing, on this site we would love to create a memorial to the best Master Blacksmith we know. If you would like to contribute your pictures and videos of Paul, please send them to email@example.com. We would love to see and post them all and feel free to share a story or two.
Brunetta Blacksmithing Team