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Instructors: Patrick Quinn & Dan Neville

Visiting Instructor: Haley Woodward

Level: All Skill Levels

Dates: June 22nd-July 30th

Scholarship Applications Available: November 1st, 2020

Scholarship Applications Due: April 1st, 2021

Forging technique and tooling is the key to quality work. Whether you’re interested in sculpture, toolmaking, architectural work or anything in between, this intensive workshop is a six-week course that covers a broad range of forging techniques both at the anvil and the power hammer. Strong emphasis will be placed on toolmaking and how those forgings and techniques are beneficial to all other areas of blacksmithing. Students will use these tools and others to execute a variety of forging and joinery projects that will illustrate proper tool usage and care.

Week 1 & 2

     Focus will start at the anvil and the first two weeks will primarily be projects that develop and challenge hammer control, different hand tools, and how to effectively use the anvil. During this portion of the class various tool making projects and smaller utilitarian objects will be executed through hand forging, striking, and joinery. A strong foundation of basic forging technique is key for development. Topics covered are tapering, shouldering, material isolation, upsetting, punching, drifting, and riveting. Students can expect to make various hand tools, punches, chisels, tongs, and  hammers. With these tools and more they will create a variety of other objects as well.

Week 3 & 4

Power Hammer Techniques with Haley Woodward

     For the second two weeks, we will be focusing on techniques for the power hammer. You will learn how to safely and effectively operate these versatile tools. As a teaching project we will make an architectural sample, something you might present to a client to achieve a final dialogue before work begins. This project will involve lots of joinery and forging of ornamental shapes. We will work with a variety of tooling under the hammer and talk about how that tooling is made. The design of this project is such that most of it is fixed, but there are also plenty of opportunities for students to add their own embellishments and design choices.

Week 5 & 6

     Following the two-week power hammer portion of the workshop, projects will include hand forging, striking, and power hammer work. During this time a final project will be introduced that draws from all or most techniques covered in the workshop and involve a more complicated assembly. Design consideration and layout will be covered and tips to help keep your work accurate when assembling multiple parts. Students should expect to leave with a firm or better grasp of forging at the anvil and power hammer with a pile of tools they made to help them continue to grow as a blacksmith, and the confidence to work in other shops with other smiths.