Mines News

Release Date Monday, February 13, 2017

Blacksmithing Club’s Steel Roses Quickly Sell Out for Valentine’s Day

A steel rose made by the SD Mines Blacksmithing Club.

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.


About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,654 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $61,300. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Charles Michael Ray, 605-394-6082, charles.ray@state.sd.us