Blacksmithing Workshops

2014 Blacksmithing Workshops

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Eric Smith

Garden Tool Extravaganza -- May 16 - 18

Fee: $330
Skill Level: Beginning -- Intermediate

Students will explore several techniques of forging under the power hammer or strike team to create three different garden tools. We will use primarily recycled materials to create these tools.

Artist Bio

Eric Eugene Smith is an alumnus of the Appalachian Center for Craft who now runs a blacksmith shop in Chattanooga, TN. Eric is a crystal shape shifter and lover of all tools, especially those for the garden!

 

Roberta Elliot

Four Forge Welds to Your Favorite Poker -- June 20 - 22

Fee: $330
Skill Level: Beginning

On Friday evening the students will make a flux spoon which will be used on Saturday to forge a fireplace poker. Sunday will be spent exploring various options for the handles of their flux spoon.

Artist Bio

After attending farrier school, Roberta started exploring unique ways to use those skills. She focuses on incorporating forge welding into her work, loving to teach others its wonders.

 

Zachary Noble

Forging Around -- June 23 - 28

Fee: $550
Skill Level: Beginning -- Intermediate

This class will focus on small projects and contemporary design using traditional forging skills. We will learn joinery techniques including forge welding and mortise and tenon. We will gain a understanding of mass isolation and steel lay out to achieve interesting forgings. Tooling and design sketches will be considered as well. Come prepared to leave with a better understanding of the forging process and hopefully a finished project of your design as well.

Artist Bio

Zack noble has been blacksmithing for almost 16 years. The bulk of his education was learned as a Core Student at the Penland School of Crafts. He has worked with a number of different smiths and has taught around the country in craft schools and at blacksmithing events.

 

Patrick Quinn

Weathervane -- July 11 - 13

Fee: $330
Skill Level: Intermediate

This workshop takes a classic idea, the weathervane, and puts a bit of a modern spin on it. Here you will build a smaller weathervane for your deck, patio, or porch. Without the use of bearings and mounting it to your roof, a fully functional weathervane will be constructed through carefully forged and balanced material. This class will cover mortis and tenon joinery, mechanical connections with the use of tap and dye, sinking plate, and using simple balancing techniques for the kinetic element.

Artist Bio

Patrick J. Quinn is a 3rd year MFA candidate in the Southern Illinois University, Carbondale Blacksmithing Department.

 

Lynda Metcalfe

Playing with Fire and Iron -- July 14 - 19

Fee: $550
Skill Level: Beginning

Come and play in the smithy and make a start in learning the art and craft of the blacksmith. We will forge some simple projects and while doing that, learn to maintain a forge fire, work efficiently at the anvil and understand the basics of moving hot steel. You need to be reasonably fit and ready to get your hands dirty but you don't have to be Superman!

Artist Bio

Lynda began blacksmithing 20 years ago and is a self-employed artist blacksmith working mostly on architectural iron work commissions. She enjoys the design and forging aspects of blacksmithing and also works in a smaller scale making jewelry.

 

James Viste

#Trompe L'Oeiron -- July 23 - 27

Fee: $440
Skill Level: All skills levels!

Participants in this workshop will explore general forge techniques combined with die making/use and forge welding to create vessels and sculptural forms. Inspire by the Trompe L’oeil style, this workshop will pursue the idea of “fooling the eye” between implied material and true material. Wood, leather, clay, and cloth are just a few of the materials that will be referenced.

Artist Bio

James Viste was raised on a farm in Wisconsin, Received a Bachelor’s degree from The university of Wisconsin, La Crosse, and a M.F.A. from Cranbook Aademy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. He has worked for studios throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Mexico, and Michigan. He is currently the Manager of Edgewise Forge L.L.C., Detroit, MI and employed as an instructor/technician by the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI. His work has been exhibited in a variety of forums since 1986.

 

Adam Hawk

Explore.Design.Forge -- July 30 - Aug 3

Fee: $440
Skill Level: Intermediate

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Artist Bio

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Jason Knight

Basic Bladesmithing Techniques -- August 4 - 9

Fee: $550
Material Fee: $60
Skill Level: Beginning -- Intermediate

Students will learn how to design, forge, grind, and heat treat a knife. Students will also get an introduction to handles. They will have a functional knife when they have completed this course.

Artist Bio

Jason Knight is a multi-award winning Master Bladesmith from Harleyville, SC. He has taught classes for the American Bladesmith Society, Studio 4 in Washington State, New England School of Metalwork, and in his own studio since 2001.