Curtis Fest Artisan Spotlight: West Coast Fly Presses

For Fans of Handcrafted Iron Work

Since getting involved with blacksmithing in 2012, Ian Brooks’ shift from fabrication type artwork to forging was influenced by the many talented local artists in the California Blacksmith Association (CBA) and throughout the USA and the UK. Ian has been fortunate enough to attend many workshops to learn about different styles and aspects of blacksmithing/metalsmithing. Fans of handcrafted iron work will be entranced by his large variety of sculpture, door knockers, drawer pulls, hooks, and home accents.

West Coast Flypresses was established in 2013 shortly after Ian Brooks attended a workshop put on by the CBA featuring the skills and craftsmanship of Daniel Miller. Upon seeing the different tasks such as the ability to repeat accurate strokes of the ram and tooling, the lack of noise, no power supply needed, the mechanical advantage this tool gave the user, it was very apparent that a flypress had to be a part of a smith’s arsenal.

About Curtis Fest

Curtis Fest returns to William Curtis Park on Sunday, Aug. 27. More than 60 artisans are expected to show their work at the 11th annual event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the north end of the park under the beautiful tree canopy. Curtis Fest has become a Sacramento favorite, and many premier artists have joined the lineup this year.

This free, public event includes food from award winning chef Keith Breedlove of the Culinerdy Cruzer food truck along with delicious street tacos from the Turnt Up food truck. John Merriman, Dianna and the Cherry Kings and the Ranell Carpenter Band will perform.

An expanded petting zoo returns this year as well as the climbing station, and the children’s fairy. Curtis Fest will be followed by Music in the Park from 6-8 p.m.

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