May 13 - 17, 2024

Zen and the Art of Hammer Swinging

Workshop Overview

Materials Included 

This class will focus on the question why. Why in concept, and why in process. Through instructor led assignments we will cover a variety of techniques and design methods to ask the question, why are you doing that?  To find the most direct way to construct and articulate our ideas.

We will be using hand forging techniques with power hammer assistance. Primarily coal forge work for the options it allows in process.

This class is structured so that there will be time for a final project/exploratory forging at the end of the week.  So that based on the information presented, we can apply the lessons to a design of your own voice.

Bring your ideas, an open mind, and a sketchbook. Let’s forge around, and find out. Forgewelding basics up to more advanced methods.


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Meet the Instructor

Peter Braspenninx

Pete Braspenninx, owner of Phyre Forge, is a graduate of the University of Michigan school of art and design (2004). He is an artist, blacksmith, and educator.  His work has been shown, collected, and published nationally and internationally.  His work focuses primarily on building shape and line through visual connections and joinery using traditional skills…

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