Iron Adornment

with

Nicholas Downing

Class runs: December 9-11

Tuition: $425

 Material Fee: $40

Skill level: Beginner and up

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Come and get some cool gifts knocked out just in time for the Holidays.

Although steel is not traditionally thought of as a precious metal, its versatility, toughness, and character make it ideal for body adornment.  We’ll cover a variety of techniques, including small-scale forging, twisting, filing, braze inlay, and patination.  Projects will start specific: a variety of bracelet and pendant forms will be covered, and then students will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned to a personal project.

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Nicholas K. Downing has been forging iron in some capacity for over 17 years. He first tried blacksmithing in a middle school industrial arts class and he has been accumulating equipment and knowledge ever since.  He’s taught courses at the New England School of Metalwork, Snow Farm, Adirondack Folk School, and the Maine College of Art, among others. Nicholas is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine where he studied Sculpture and Art History, and he’s studied at the Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the Maine College of Art, and the New England School of Metalwork. He works full-time as a blacksmith, teaches and demonstrates in and around New England, and enjoys the outdoors with his partner, Jennifer.

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