One special treat for Governor’s School 2020 attendees this summer was a virtual visit with John Phillips, Knoxville knifemaker, and 2019 winner of the History Channel’s “Forged in Fire” blacksmithing competition show.
Floyd Ostrowski, ISE assistant professor of practice, helped coach Phillips when the knifemaker participated in the “What’s the Big Idea” pitch competition sponsored by the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC).
“When I saw MSE was doing a sword-making lecture, I asked John if we could do a ‘virtual’ tour of his shop,” said Ostrowski. “We combined the ISE and MSE classes for the tour.”
Learn more about Phillips’s work at phillipsforged.com.