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Maker Nation

Learn how to saber a champagne bottle from a Pittsburgh blacksmith

Lindsay Patross

In this episode, host Ashley Adams profiles makers in Pittsburgh and Boston. 

The Barefoot Forge: Blacksmith classes & wedding rings

Craig Cowen runs The Barefoot Forge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Craig likes to inspire creativity through making. The Barefoot Forge offers blacksmithing classes and a class to make your own wedding bands. 

Follow: @thebarefootforgeon Instagram.

The Pranal Arts: Resin art inspired by cancer research

Next, Ashley heads to Winchester Massachusetts, just 10 miles north of Boston to meet Pranal Dakle. Pranal is a scientist in the field of Immuno-Oncology. His artwork is inspired by the colors and patterns he sees under the microscope. In addition to creating resin artwork, Pranal also uses resin to preserve flowers from special occasions

Follow: @pranal_arts on Instagram.

Maker Spotlight 

Danielle Sparks // Dallas, Texas

Danielle creates bold wall murals in homes and public places. 

Follow @madebydannielle on Instagram.

Humadorables by Susan // Tampa, Florida

Susan Jordan transforms cigar boxes into one-of-a-kind purses. 

Follow: @humidorablesbysusan on Instagram.

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