Goliad County man starting blacksmithing group
by Coy Slavik
Oct 11, 2012 | 2006 views | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Otto Bluntzer displays machinery he uses in his blacksmith shop at his residence in Goliad County.
Otto Bluntzer displays machinery he uses in his blacksmith shop at his residence in Goliad County.
GOLIAD COUNTY — Otto Bluntzer has added another project to his long list.

The ham radio operator, aspiring organist, and all-around “Mr. Fix It” added blacksmithing as another hobby about 12 years ago and has started the Goliad Forge, which will be a blacksmithing group that will meet monthly at his residence near Ander. Bluntzer is looking for other blacksmiths and those interested in learning more about the blacksmithing process to attend the first meeting on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8 a.m.

“A typical day when we meet we will have coffee and donuts and get together for a demonstration at about 8:30,” Bluntzer said. “After the demo, there may be a short break and then members will pick up some metal we’ll have for them and start to work on what was demonstrated that day.”

Bluntzer, who moved to Goliad County from the Rochester, N.Y., area about five years ago, will be teaching the basics of blacksmithing from his shop at his residence at 585 Bluntzer Road near Ander.

Bluntzer said he came up with the idea of starting the group about a year ago.

“It was when I received a scholarship to the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C.,” Bluntzer said. “I competed with blacksmiths all over the world to get the scholarship.”

Bluntzer said he started blacksmithing in 2000 when he came to Goliad County to visit his brother, Jim Bluntzer.

“We were gardening in January and Jim said he and his wife would like to go to Ohio and visit her folks,” Bluntzer said. “He wanted me to take care of his land here.”

While watching his brother’s property, Bluntzer went feral hog hunting. He harvested a hog and was going to butcher it with another bother, Vernon.

“He pulled out this knife that had a funny hook on it,” Bluntzer said.

Blunzter returned to New York curious about making a similar knife and a new hobby was born.
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October 13, 2012
Mr. Bluntzer has postponed the first meeting of the Goliad Forge due to a recent hospitalization and pending surgery. Please share this information with anyone who is planning to attend,

Thank you,

Margaret A. Rutherford

(his sister)