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Jeremy Burdette (Burdworks)

 

 

Welcome to this week's #benchmarkspotlight (formerly the #weldershowcase) - we had the opportunity to sit down with Jeremy from Burdworks and talk a little shop.
 
If you would like to be featured in our weekly spotlight (100% FREE) and have a chance at winning one of our Grinder Hoods please send us an email to leo.benchmarkabrasives@gmail.com to get you scheduled in an upcoming week. And for those of you that take the time to share your story with us, we'd be happy to provide a free BA banner. These spotlights are intended to highlight your skill, your business, and your tips and tricks.  Most of all it's to have a little fun!

 

 
Name:  Jeremy Burdette
 
Business Name:  Burdworks—Forge Tool and Fabrication
 
Location: Bartonville, IL
 
Facebook: - BurdWorksForge
 
Website: Jeremy Burdette
 
Specialties:  Ornamental Blacksmithing and Fabrication
Tell us about yourself - what inspired you to get into your trade? And how long?
Millwright for 28+ years. My main inspiration is my father, he was a Caterpillar Blacksmith.  I completed a 4 year apprenticeship under him as well.
 
  What keeps you motivated throughout the day?
Family support & the opportunity to create something new all the time.
What is your favorite shop tool and why?
Tire Hammer that I made.
 
  What's your favorite piece that you've worked on?
No favorite per se, but I really like making the larger outdoor sculptures.
If you could have any job as it relates to question 1 what would it be and what would you do with that?
Full time Blacksmith/ Fabrication shop
 
 
What BA product is your favorite and why?
4.5” 40 grit flap disc (gift from a family member) It lasted longer than any other I had previously used.
What BA product surprised you in terms of quality - what about it set it apart from the competition?
The durability of the grinding discs.  They really outlast/outperformed the competition.
 
 
What tips and tricks do you have for us that might be different or eye opening for others to try with BA products?
If you take the time to make a Jig/pattern/fixture it will save you so much time in the long run.
If there was one person you could collaborate with - who would it be and why?
I do not have a single person.  I have a group of fellow artists who I follow and draw inspiration from.
 
 
Do you have any advice for the next generation that you wish you had when you first started?
Take time to do research/development, attend classes and get involved with your local blacksmith associations. Facebook and Instagram have an awesome variety of artists/sculptors as well.
What are your future plans for your shop?
Would like to add a plasma cnc table to my shop, hopefully retiring in 4 years and going full time.
 

 

A Note From Leo
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Jeremy! I would love to retire and just be able to work in the shop!
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