Iron Workshops at Penland

Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.



spring concentration

march 8 - may 1, 2015


Andy Dohner, Carrot Study,

forged and fabricated steel with rust,

black finish, 30 x 6 x 4 inches

Andy Dohner
Forging Fundamentals, Extended Version

This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of shaping steel with an emphasis on creating functional or sculptural objects using traditional and unconventional techniques. We’ll begin by learning the basics of forging, including drawing a taper, joinery, tool making, and extensive power hammer use. We’ll also review basic elements of structure and design along with surface and finishing techniques. Our goals are for students to develop an understanding of being a maker, to acquire the skills needed to realize their individual projects, and to have fun pushing processes to their limits. All levels. Code S00I

Architectural blacksmith, welder, fabricator; teaching: Peters Valley (NJ), New England School of Metalwork (ME), The Steel Yard (TX), Penland; exhibitions: National Ornamental Metals Museum (Memphis), Madison Morgan Cultural Center (GA), Penland Gallery.