Power Hammer Techniques


Instructor: Haley Woodward 
Level: Beginner
Dates: August 1st – 5th ( 9  a.m. – 5 p.m. )

Materials Included 

     This class will focus in great detail on the safe and effective use of power hammers, operating with flat dies and tooling. We will go over how these machines work and how to make basic tooling for the power hammer. From there we will explore a variety of forged shapes, through the outlet of a forged anchor. This project will illustrate the versatility and effectiveness of these machines.

    Forging on flat dies can be extremely versatile and offers you more work surface area than combo dies. With the use of hand tooling, this class will illustrate how to forge an incredibly vast amount of shapes and joinery techniques on a power hammer with flat dies.

    Processes to be covered will focus on power hammer tool making, tapering, upsetting, shouldering, spreading, punching, drifting, and joinery. This class is open to all levels, but will start with the basics and move quickly from there, building on previous exercises as we go.


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  • Haley Woodward has been blacksmithing professionally since 2001 with an MFA degree in Metal Arts from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Currently an adjunct professor in Metal Arts at Austin Community College. He maintains his own studio in Austin where his work ranges from sculptural forged fine art pieces to architectural ironwork. Haley has been invited to exhibit and teach/demonstrate at Penland School of Craft, Forging on the River in Memphis TN, and ABANA. Instagram @halingwgwang