Jennifer DePollo Horn is an amazing blacksmith. She began her metal working career in 1990 as a Farrier (horseshoer). Most people think Blacksmiths are horseshoers. Blacksmiths might sometimes also have horseshoeing in their skills but Farriers are the true equine podiatrists. The metal working skills are very similar, however shoeing horses is a highly detailed and very specialized skill. A Farrier has great responsibility for the health of the equine client. On the other hand Blacksmiths make tools, artistic and functional metal items. In about 2002, after 12 years of horseshoeing, Jennifer became interested in artistic blacksmithing.
Jennifer runs her own Farrier service and also operates a blacksmithing business through her “Daisy Hill Forge” (www.DaisyHillForge.com). Years ago Jennifer trained with passion and by passing a battery of tests became Michigan’s first female to achieve the status of Certified Journeyman Farrier. She has been an active member of the Michigan Horseshoers Association serving as Secretary, Vice-president and President. Jennifer is also a founding member of the national American Association of Professional Farriers and is an Accredited Professional Farrier. Although Jennifer’s primary Farrier business is in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan she travels throughout the entire State of Michigan for clients. She has also traveled internationally, worked with a Farrier in Italy, trained in the United Kingdom, gave training to veterinary students in the Virgin Islands and Universities in several States.
Recognizing that Farrier work is hard on the body Jennifer is becoming increasingly involved in artistic blacksmithing. Jennifer knows she will one day need to stop horseshoeing but wants to continue working with metal. Her custom made functional and artistic pieces have been sold throughout the States. Samples of her work can be found on both her website and her Facebook page.
Busy year planned…. come and visit Jennifer at one of these events:
Jennifer has been sought out as an instructor by a number of groups. The following is a list of the classes she is currently scheduled to give in 2019, if you have an interest in learning;
Tillers International Women’s Blacksmith Beginner Class April 6-7, 2019
Tunnel Mill School of Crafts End Table Workshop June 7-9, 2019
Shenandoah Valley Blacksmith Guild demonstration June 22, 2019
Rocky Mountain Smiths Conference August 7-11, 2019
Mid Atlantic Smith Association at the Tuckahoe Metalsmith Conference September 7-8, 2019
Arizona Artist Blacksmith demonstration September 21-22, 2019
New England School of Metal Workshop Projects for the developing Blacksmith October 1-4, 2019
Tillers International Women’s Blacksmith Beginner Class November 2-3, 2019
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