Blacksmithing club members are finishing up their sixth annual signature fundraiser, forging steel roses for Valentine’s Day. Due to the popularity of their work, the limited supply of roses has already sold out. But the club is taking pre-orders for next year.
No two hand-crafted roses are alike. Some feature more natural-looking polished steel, while others are painted. Depending on the artist, some roses have fuller blooms than others.
"Love is all about taking ugly things and bringing them together to make something beautiful,” says Joseph Schurch, club president and a mechanical engineering senior from Lakeville, Minn., minoring in metallurgical engineering. “Steel can be rough and stubborn, but with a little fire and hopeful vision, it can be brought to life.”
The Blacksmithing Club is sells steel roses for $40 each. The club uses the money raised in the sale of steel roses to pay for safety goggles, leather gloves, metals and other materials for its activities throughout the year.
To find out more about the SD Mines Blacksmithing Club or to place a steel rose pre-order for next year contact Joseph Schurch, club president, at Joseph.Schurch@mines.sdsmt.edu.