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Frederick Berg and Keith Lumbert Frederick Berg (l) and Keith Lumbert(r).

Tools made by Keith Lumbert
Tools made by Keith Lumbert during and apprenticeship with Frederick Berg.

Weathervane top by Keith Lumbert.
Top of weathervane made by Keith Lumbert in the shape of an anvil.
All photos by LuAnne Kozma

Frederick Berg and Keith Lumbert
2010 master artist and apprentice
Auburn and Midland(Midland County)
blacksmithing


Frederick Berg developed his skills and passion for blacksmithing after learning that his grandfather had been a blacksmith in Auburn, Michigan. Berg obtained a degree in electrical engineering and taught engineering before he began investigating blacksmithing. Twenty years ago he took classes with Steve Anderson, a master blacksmith from Midland, Michigan, who has inspired many smiths in the Max Carey Blacksmith Guild, a guild based at the Midland Historical Society. Fred leads the guild and continues to teach his skills to other aspiring smiths at the Bradley House Carriage Museum in Midland. He co-authored a book on blacksmithing and demonstrates his art at many events. Keeping smithing in the family, he also taught his son and father.  Keith Lumbert, Fred’s apprentice, comes to the trade naturally with an interest in restoration work, 30 years experience as a carpenter, and running a family farm. During the apprenticeship, Keith is learning to craft his own tools, create a forge, and make a weathervane with a top in the shape of an anvil. Fred and Keith are dedicated to keeping the culture and skills of blacksmithing alive and passing these skills on to others.

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