Hunter C. Perkinson, Jr.
The sole Proprietor of Featherstone Forge received a B.S. Degree in Industrial Arts Education from Virginia Tech. in 1980. After achieving tenure status as an Industrial Arts Teacher in Spotsylvania County, resigned to pursue a career in the millwork industry with a nationally known door and window manufacturer. In 1990, He was introduced to the, all but lost art of blacksmithing, by taking a one week introductory course. Once the fire was lit, the next ten years were spent gathering the tools of the trade and refining basic skills. In an effort to continue the learning curve and keep the fire going, He joined the Central Virginia Blacksmith Guild in 1998. The following year the CBVG bestowed him with their first $500.00 scholarship, which was used to take a course in “colonial hardware” at the John C. Campbell craft school. Featherstone Forge officially hung its’ shingle in the summer of 2000. In 2004 he created the winning design for the Governor Spotswood Design Contest along with the annual contract to produce them. Hunter has demonstrated Blacksmithing at numerous craft shows, Civil War reenactments, local schools, the Fredericksburg Museum and continues to learn and practice the art with the same fire and passion in which he started.
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