Instructors & Staff

Mary Jane Verniere
Mary Jane VerniereExecutive Director
Mary Jane’s fascination with metal began in a small fabrication shop on San Juan Island off the coast of Washington state. There…
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Amanda Kazarian
Amanda KazarianInstructor
Amanda Kazarian, one of our most dedicated instructors, grew up in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California. She attended the Art…
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Gary Standke
Gary StandkeInstructor
I started blacksmithing in 1995 while volunteering to restore the Santa Susanna Railroad Depot. They needed…
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Leif Bennett
Leif BennettInstructor
I have been blacksmithing and metalworking since 1993, but found it difficult to improve my skills from books without a teacher. In 2012…
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Reymundo Jose-Maria De La Luz Torres Torrez Lopez
Reymundo Jose-Maria De La Luz Torres Torrez LopezInstructor
Hobbies-black powder horn maker, pre 1840 fur trade era, re-enactor, indian powwows…
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Dossain Valencia
Dossain ValenciaInstructor
Having been born into a family of welders and ironworkers, metal work has been a big part of my life since…
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Kent Lulewich
Kent LulewichInstructor
I have worked in both Operations and Quality Management in various metalworking operations throughout my 40+ year career…
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