Forged African Silver Rings

with

Nick Downing

Class runs: December 9-10

Tuition: $300

Material fee: $50

Skill level: Beginner and up

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Inspired by the time-honored techniques of West African craftsmen this class will reduce Metalsmithing to its most elemental. We will be forging not only steel, but precious metals as well.  Students will begin by forging and tempering their own tools, which will, in turn, be pressed into service making silver rings.  You’ll be walked through the process of casting an ingot, forging it into a ring, and finishing it with files and sandpaper. Students should expect to leave with a couple finished pieces and a new understanding of how metal can be worked.

 

 

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Some stills from Lee’s class. #leesauder #ironsmelting #somethingfromnothingSo not only did we make 4 blooms of iron, Lee guided us through remelting all the bits that fell off the blooms in forging and carburizing it in this smaller furnace. We were able to make some beautiful high carbon material! #homemadesteel #makesometoolsLee Sauder is amazing asset to our community and it was a pleasure to have him back for another smelting workshop. This is the climax, when a big beautiful bloom of Iron gets brought into the world! #bloomerysmelting #oretoiron #nothingtosomethingRED hammer faces, means one thing, it’s Smelting Week at NESM.  Busting up ore and making clay, the foundations of a successful smelt. Thank you Lee Sauder !!ya#newenglandschoolofmetalwork #acienttechnology #ironsmelting #gettingdirtyAwesome Gladius class from @samsalvati_bs! These things are scary sharp! Great job fellas! #handforged #gladius #bladesmith #blacksmithAvailable workshops! Enroll at www.newenglandschoolofmetalwork.com #craft #art #handmade #educationGreat 2 week workshop with @steveculverknives and Christoph Deringer! Both makers are so different and have so much to offer the students really got a treat! #americanbladesmithsociety #journeytojs #forgedDerek Heidemann of Sturbridge Village really taught a wonderful class last week on a filing Vise. He’s a shining star in the world of traditional work right now. #colonialaf #handwork #forgeandfiledDerek Heidemann of Sturbridge Village is up this week teaching a very cool filing vise workshop. You can see the nearly completed vise in the foreground. Here he is tempering a return spring using an old school cool method. #colonial #oldschoolcool #toolstomaketools