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Eric Johnson



Josh Fikentscher



Keith Kuck



Mike Briskin


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Skip Roberts


Darius Johnson


Phil Heath


Jeff Colaianni


Tamara Taysom


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Darius Johnson


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Tamara Taysom


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Eric Johnson



George Anderton



Phil Heath


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3608 North Military Road
Arlington, VA. 22207

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Hello Folks,

We have known for some time that Phil’s wife Candee has been dealing with a serious health issue, but Phil has asked for privacy while he and Candee are dealing with this. As a result we have not sent out much information. Given his current priorities, he does not have time to answer emails and phone messages. Please respect this request.

As you may have seen on facebook, Phil is trying to sell some of his larger projects that he had been keeping for himself including a very large and detailed chest and his throne. This is to help with the medical bills.

We discussed among the board members something meaningful that could be done by the guild to help and Alex came up with the go-fund-me page. I am sure any donation you can make will be helpful.

(click here) Thank you Phil and Candee

I hope to see you around, and with happier news,

Spring Fling 2019 Has Been Canceled

Hello Everyone,
Unfortunately The Blacksmiths Guild of the Potomac has had to cancel this year’s Spring Fling. Several issues, mainly the fairgrounds double booked our weekend, came up this year that we could not fix. The Board felt that we could not guaranty the usual fun and educational event that our guests deserve.

Please save the date for next year’s Spring Fling, April 17-19, 2020

As usual, if you have questions, concerns, or input for us please email us at bgopinfo@gmail.com.

Eric Johnson
BGOP Board, President


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