Dead Man


Instructors: Patrick Quinn & Dan Neville
Level: Beginner
Dates: April 20th & 21st, November 9th & 10th

Dead man is a term for an adjustable material support stand used in metal shops. Often used to support longer bars sticking out of the forge, they are also used for supporting long material on the drill press, saw, or fabrication table. The dead man features a tripod stand with a material support arm that adjusts up or down and is free to spin 360 degrees. The stand utilizes a simple, but effective locking mechanism that works on tension and gravity.  This feature is extremely strong and will easily support hundreds of pounds.

Techniques taught in this class are striking, slitting & drifting, fullering, tapering, riveting, and of course, layout.  The process of building one of these is extremely rewarding and gratifying. The material is slightly larger, slitting & drifting with a striker and setting 3/4”round rivets with a sledge hammer is fun and gives you a sense of the strength of this piece. Assembling a dead man without the use of welders and grinders demonstrates building up strength through multiple pieces. It also teaches you about consistency and accuracy, leaving you with a finished piece you can be proud to have in your shop.


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  • 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.  Instagram @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. Instagram @nevilleforge

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April 20th & 21st, November 9th & 10th