Alice Betts- Blacksmith

Alice Betts- Blacksmith

"It's not something you do politely. When you hit something, you gotta hit it."

Alice and the members of the Wasatch Forge stood outside the convention center at the Utah State Fairgrounds with a display of creations made of metal, heat, and pure power. They also had a small forge and could make metal items on the spot. The items consisted of things like metal hearts, wands, swords, and Alice’s specialty, cast iron garden tools.

Alice, though reserved and not comfortable in the spotlight, put the wonder woman crown on and began to show me her skills at the forge. The other members of the Wasatch Forge at the booth were, of course, men, but were encouraging and excited for Alice being a part of this project. 

When I asked her about being a woman in blacksmithing, she said “I have never been much of a girly girl and doing forgery was the one time I could really be me.” She also talked about how though she is often surrounded by big, strong guys, that there is a culture of gender fluidity and the community is very accepting. You don’t have to fit into a box to be a blacksmith.

“We are all just a bunch of nerds” Alice said with a smile. 

Learn more about Wasatch Forge at http://wasatchforge.com/

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