In addition to our Basic Blacksmithing classes, the 2017 conference has some exciting specialty classes:
Chasing & Repousse
Instructor: Lisa Johnson
During this striking 4-hour workshop we will cover the basics of creating low-relief pieces using an ancient technique, Chasing and Repousse. We will learn how to transfer your design onto non-ferrous metal and the proper use of tools to develop decorative patterning and depth. No experience is necessary!
Forging Silicon Bronze
Instructor: Jordan Thomas
Join us for an adventure in forging silicon bronze. Jordan will explain the difference between the suitability and forging characteristics of silicon bronze as compared to other non-ferrous metals and steel, as well as the proper use of heat sources and the appropriate temperature range for forging this material and the proper forging technique.Students may expect to leave with a small finished piece of their own design. Prerequisites: Must have experience managing a forge fire. If you have no blacksmithing experience, we recommend Basic Blacksmithing #1 and #2 or equivalent skill before taking this class.
Traditional Joinery Techniques
Instructor: Leslie Tharp
Learn to make elegant and sturdy connections using traditional joinery techniques. We’ll cover slitting and drifting holes, mortise and tenon joints, pass through joints, and more. This class is suitable for intermediate and advanced students. Prerequisites: Must have experience managing a forge fire, and basic hammer control. If you have no blacksmithing experience, we recommend Basic Blacksmithing #1 and #2 or equivalent skill before taking this class.
Introduction to Mokume Gane Patterning workshop
Instructor: Wayne Werner
Experience the beauty of working with “Mokume Gane” a Japanese Metalsmithing technique that literally translates into “eye of the wood”. This process manipulates multi-layered billets of different color metals by punching and grinding to produce amazing patterns and textures that resemble wood, smoke, and sedimentary layers. Students will receive a laminated stack of copper and brass to be manipulated by punching and filing to expose a pattern. The patterned pieces of metal can be used to create a simple pendant, brooch, money clip or pair of earrings with the help of the instructor. Some students may wish to use their patterned material in other metalsmithing projects at a later date. Time permitting there will be a riveting demo to show a simple way to back a patterned sheet. We will also use some patinas to color and darken the material to enhance the effect. This is an intro class and the instructor will supply the billets to be used. Due to time constraints fusing and soldering billets will not be covered. No prior experience is necessary.
Forging a Blacksmith’s Knife
Instructor: Jordan Borstelmann
Learn about forging a tapered edge, efficiently drawing out material, and how to harden and temper a knife blade. Simple twisting will be used to make the handle. Students may expect to leave with one knife, ready to be sharpened (on their own, at home).
Prerequisites: Must have experience managing a forge fire, and basic hammer control. If you have no blacksmithing experience, we recommend Basic Blacksmithing #1 and #2 or equivalent skill before taking this class.
Classes are available to registered conference participants only, on a “first paid” basis. All class fees include materials.