About Ravensmiths


We are Bill Wiedemer, Sherry Kessler and Suzi Swanson and Suzie Kessler.

Bill has over 40+ years experience blacksmithing, Sherry been at it 12 + years and Suzi 10 + and our newest apprentice Suzie (daughter of Sherry) started helping and doing Demo's with mom at the Texas Renaissance Festival.

We create hand forged items from campfire sets to arbors and railings. We use old world methods including a 200+ year old bellows, 18th century forge, traditional tools and anvil.

We welcome any custom work and love a challenge.

We can make primitive, modern and fantasy items.

If you can imagine it we can make it!

Where Are We?


For the 2020 year we have the following events lined up.

March  April  
Sherwood Forest Faire 

McDade, TX
Our Shop is between the Joust & The 3 Stags Pub

We are then home for a couple of weeks to restock the tables.

We split up for a while in June & July.
Bill goes to Kentucky for the
Kentucky Renaissance Festival 
Sherry & Suzi do some Rendezvous.

May 21-25
Cannon Falls Black Power Rendezvous
Cannon Falls, MN 

June 20-28

High Plains Regional Rendezvous 

Black Hills, SD

July 1-4
4 Moons Rendezvous in Gary, SD

July  23-26
Forts Folle Avione Rendezvous in Danbury, WI

Aug 14-16

Pipestone Civil War Days 

Pipestone, MN

Oct 3- Nov 29

Texas Renaissance Festival

Todd Mission, TX

We are in the main Blacksmiths shop to the left of the front gate.

What We Do!


We set up our old world blacksmith shop at a varied assortment of events from Renaissance Festivals, Pre 1840 Rendezvous, Pirate Festivals, County Fairs, Schools, Etc.. as well as Teach classes at our home shop and on location for groups and schools.

We love to do events that bring in school age kids to learn about the trade. If you have an event looking for a blacksmith please contact us we are always interested in new adventures. 


We bring old world skills as well as a fun show to whatever event we do.

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Better yet, see us in person!

We love our customers, so feel free to visit at any of one of the events listed above


(218) 340-3962