Instructor: Nate Weiss
Dates: March 19th & 20th ( 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ); October 15th & 16th (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
The slingshot was first created just 187 years ago, alongside the invention of vulcanized rubber. In the beginning they were often made by kids – DIY-style – from sticks and old tire tubes. An object now associated with the mischief of Bart Simpson and Denace the Menace, slingshots only entered mass production in the early 1900s, and finally hit the spotlight in the 1950s. Take a look today, and slingshots have gotten some wild design upgrades, but the root concept stays the same.
In this action packed weekend workshop, students will learn how to forge their own slingshot, in the spirit of those first DIY folks of the 1800s. Using basic forging techniques such as tapering, hot cutting, mass isolation, and processing material, every student should leave with a functional tool for sport or play. Perfect for beginner and intermediate blacksmiths.
- Hailing from south central Pennsylvania, Nate Weiss is a metalsmith whose passion for metalwork began as a teenager. Gathering an education from craft schools such as Penland, Touchstone, and Peter’s Valley, Nate has been able to work as a professional metalsmith for several years. Working a broad range of jobs – from architectural ironwork, to goldsmithing – has allowed Nate to cultivate a unique skillset, the influences of which are seen in his work. Focusing on traditional forging techniques, with an interest in benchwork, Nate’s aim is to create one of a kind objects that invoke a sense of wonder and are meant to be passed on.
March 19th-20th, October 15th-16th