In this episode, we talk with Jed Pappas of Stockhoff's Farrier Supply (www.stockhoffsonline.com). Jed talks about how his wife Molly (and her family) purchased Stockhoff's from the Stockhoff family, which started the farrier supply business in 1863 and how they have grown it to four locations today (two stores in Kentucky, New Jersey and Arizona).
Jed shares numerous business lessons he has learned from the farrier supply business and how farriers can better run their own businesses. He also shares valuable tips about how you select the best products for your business. You'll get a lot out of this interview on what it takes to run the supply part of your business as well as balancing your family and your business.
In this episode, we talk with farrier legend John Marino of Peaster, Texas. John shares his early experiences of how he became a farrier after getting out of the Air Force, his early studies at the University of Arizona's Farrier School (where he studied under Donald Canfield), how he opened Across the Anvil Farrier Supply (which he operated until he sold it in 1991). He also discusses his contributions to the anvil industry by introducing a line of farrier anvils with wider faces and turning cams and the impact those anvils have had throughout the industry.
John also recounts numerous experiences with his Wednesday night forging classes at his shop and the farrier school he opened with Grant Moon in 1988 (Texas School of Farrier Science). John holds the Certified Master Farrier designation in the BWFA of which he is a charter member. He also holds the Certified Journeyman Farrier designation in the AFA and the TPFA (Texas Professional Farrier's Association). He served as Vice-President of the TPFA for 6 years. He is an active lifetime member of all three organizations.
John shares his experiences of operating JHM Manufacturing and making 6 styles of anvils and anvil stands until April of 2005, when he sold the business to Anvil Brand Shoe Company.
John has dedicated his life to improving and furthering the farrier industry through education and professionalism. His influence has been far reaching and you'll hear his most memorable stories and experiences in this memorable episode.