IRON SUMMER SESSION 1
MAY 28–JUNE 2, 2023
Hand Hammer Essentials
Starting with building a fire and getting acquainted with the tools, we’ll explore the basic elements of forging iron. We’ll focus on gaining control of hand tools at the anvil for thoughtful and successful forgings. Daily demonstrations followed by individual practice to refine skills will lead to the creation of small, functional household items. Processes covered will include tapering, spreading, upsetting, mass isolation, fullering, punching, and drifting. This workshop will be perfect for the first-time blacksmith or for those who want a forging refresher. Beginning level.
Owner/operator of Transit Forge (PA); teaching: Center for Metal Arts (PA), Touchstone (PA); representation: Contemporary Craft Pittsburgh (PA), Carnegie Museum of Art Store (Pittsburgh); recent exhibition: Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh); publications: 500 Tables (Lark), 500 Chairs (Lark), From Fire to Form: Sculpture from the Modern Blacksmith and Metalsmith, Ironwork Today 3 (Schiffer).