Instructors: Patrick Quinn & Dan Neville

Visiting Instructor: Greg Gehner 

Level: All Skill Levels

Dates: June 20th-July 29th

Scholarship Applications Available: November 1st, 2021

Scholarship Applications Due: February 1st, 2022

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.

Scholarships supported by the Windgate Foundation

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

Balancing Ideas & Methods with Greg Gehner

     Traditional and contemporary, blacksmith and welder, designer and craftsman, forge and fabricate, draw and build. In this class we will identify and practice the many different skill sets involved in developing an idea and bringing it to successful completion in forged iron. Demos and discussions will cover design aesthetics, scale and full size drawings, connections, transitions, layout and cut lists, forging multiples, and jig making. Power hammers will be introduced to expand skills begun with hand forging, as well as minimal machine welding for jig and fixture development. We will complete practice pieces that will lead to the development of individual designs for creating finished projects.

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.

  • Patrick Quinn has taught blacksmithing, fabrication, and tool making at Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, IL), Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Hereford College of the Arts, and the Adirondack Folk School. He has demonstrated at various conferences such as ABANA and the California Blacksmith Association. With an MFA in blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a BFA in sculpture from Alfred University, Patrick’s sculptural and functional works display a high level of craft and keen eye for detail. @handforgedinvt
  • Dan Neville received his BFA in metalsmithing from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and his MFA degree in metalsmithing at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Dan has taught at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Missouri State University, and Austin Community College in Texas. Dan has exhibited his work extensively at venues such as the Metal Museum in Tennessee, Lillstreet gallery in Chicago, IL, and The Yamawaki Art College Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. @nevilleforge
  • Greg Gehner started his blacksmithing career in 1997 when he earned a BFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In 2005, he established Transit Forge in northwestern Pennsylvania, where he generates a variety of sculptural, functional and architectural metalwork from his shop in Cambridge Springs. Commissions and distinctive designs, including furniture, railings, signage, lighting and numerous utilitarian objects, can be seen at transitforge.com. His work synthesizes traditional forging skills and industrial fabrication techniques with a contemporary aesthetic. @ggehner