Much of blacksmithing focuses on linear design, forging tapers, scrolls, and other forms from lengths of material. The surface plane provides a different plane for experimentation. In this class, students will use hand- and power- hammering techniques to create surface patterns and designs on square tiles. Other shop tools such as grinders, drill presses, and burs. Together, we’ll experiment and share designs that interrupt the planar surface to create organic or geometric patterns. The resulting square tiles can be made into simple containers, reserved for use as decorative elements in future projects, or combined to create a grid pattern on the wall. Each student will contribute one tile toward a class project.