Come experience the ancient (and modern) craft of blacksmithing. In this four-day class we will be jumping in with both feet and exploring one of the most versatile and dynamic mediums around. We will be using coal fired forges, hammer and anvil to make a variety of objects that will stem from, and build upon, a handful of simple techniques. Safety, proper fire management, ergonomics, and hammer control will be stressed, with the goal of building skills and giving each student a strong platform from which to further explore the craft. Students should expect to leave with a few finished projects and a deeper understanding of ironwork as a whole.
The pipe tomahawk is a uniquely American object, rich in history and symbolism. Come learn to make your own authentic hawk from wrought iron and high carbon steel and embellish it with filework and engraving. Depending on the elaborateness of their design, some students may leave with a finished hawk head, while others will have a project to complete at home. Students considering this class should have a solid foundation in blacksmithing - good fire management skills, good hammer control and a working knowledge of forge welding.
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Inspired by the time-honored techniques of West African craftsmen this class will reduce Metalsmithing to its most elemental. We will be forging not only steel, but precious metals as well. Students will begin by forging and tempering their own tools, which will, in turn, be pressed into service making silver rings. You’ll be walked through the process of casting an ingot, forging it into a ring, and finishing it with files and sandpaper. Students should expect to leave with a couple finished pieces and a new understanding of how metal can be worked.
Learn time-honored techniques that reduce metalsmithing to its most elemental. Students will use hammer and anvil to shape silver, copper and brass into myriad shapes for bracelets, pendants, rings and more. Students will learn to cast their own ingots from grain or scrap, then using basic tools, they will forge, file and polish them into unique and beautiful jewelry. All levels welcome!