Uri Hofi is a master blacksmith and educator known internationally for his contributions of ergonomics to the craft of blacksmithing. In recent years, Hofi has been awarded the highest civilian medal by the German President, had a blacksmith school built and named after him in the German capital, been made a Master Blacksmith by Germany and invited to teach Germany’s Master Blacksmiths regularly.
Hofi is well known for his ergonomic tools and techniques. His DVD Ergonomic Techniques for Moving Metal,teaches hammer techniques for effective forge work and the ergonomics of good hammer design.
Hofi’s ergonomic approach to tooling and methodology is designed to work with the natural motions of the body. The system focuses on efficient process, using minimum energy and time for maximum moving of the material, while protecting muscles, nerves, joints, and bones from damage.
Graduate High Technical School 1953
Joine The Kibbutz Sistem 1954
Was in charge of all the field activities (Cotton, Maise, Sweet Potatoes)
Building Agricultural equipments
1981-82 Was in charge Of 3 agricultural projects In Tanzania
1983-85 Studied Art at Tel Hai Institute and History at Tel Aviv University
1986-87 Was in charge Of Art School in Bofutatswana
1987-1998 Built and was Managing Director to 3 Factories in the Kibbutz (Rubber, Injection, Moulding Plastic, Flexible Magnets)
1998 Started to built my Smithy and my Forging School
Built and taught at 3 schools in the USA: Missouri, North Carolina and New York
Taught In Germany In Berlin and Reinstetten
2008 Won the High Exelence Award from the German President
1999 Won First Prize for Design at the Jerusalem Museum