Sara Dahmen was a wedding planner before walking into a metal foundry (in her ballet flats!). She contends women must overcome their fear of the unknown, male dominated trades in order to save these skills from being lost for good.
Wedding planning, three children aged 5, 3 and 1, working with copper and iron, volunteering at the local library and school, putting iron over fire, researching the past and lifting weights. Oh, and writing. Lots of writing. Sara Dahmen is a successful small business entrepreneur, a relentless researcher, ghostwriter, guest blogger, and Griswold skillet drooler. Her days are often spent eyeball deep in copper, tin and iron and lots of phone calls. She believes hard work and perseverance are a hallmark of her generation, and that sleep is overrated, except on vacation. She has written and illustrated a children’s book series and wrote a historical fiction. If she’s lucky, her husband will finally capitulate and agree to be a tinsmith with her at the local reenactment. She is a Plein Air painter and avid cook, a reader of history and religion books and the weekly Economist.
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