Toolmaking for the Metalsmith


Instructors: Patrick Quinn & Dan Neville
Level: Beginner
Dates: April 6th  & 7th, September 7th  & 8th


This two-day workshop is perfect for metalsmiths who are interested in learning how to make their own forged tools. During this basic tool making workshop, attendees can expect to forge, finish, and heat treat an 8oz cross peen hammer, center punch, and scribe.

A nice little toolset for any metalsmith’s bench, this workshop will also give anyone the confidence and knowledge to forge small tools for their personal studio space. Forging and tool making is incredibly practical and satisfying. All skill levels are welcome to participate in this open, unintimidating intro to forging and toolmaking.

Small scale forgings such as these can be achieved in the metalsmith studio with very simple tooling. The heat treatment is simple and does not require any specialty tooling. With a small anvil, small forge, or oxy fuel torch, and a small coffee can of quenching oil, you can have the skills to make a variety of tools at your studio.



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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

Additional information


April 6th & 7th, September 7th & 8th