The Nuts and Bolts of Joinery
Class runs: December 18-21
Material fee: $50
Skill level: Seasoned beginner and up, beginners blacksmith course is required.
Discover how we built and constructed objects before conventional means. We will focus on methods used prior to the advent of electrical and gas welding and within the context of our forging heritage. This course is geared to someone seeking to discover the process of and the tooling behind traditional joinery. There will not be a specific item to focus on but instead our focus will be on the process and tooling of the typical joinery methods. Time will be at hand for students to create an item once some proficiency has been developed. Time will be spent on discussing all aspects of tooling and their technical roll; but more time will be spent at the forge producing chisels, punches, drifts, spring tennon swages, monkey tools, collaring swages and rivet headers. By creating this small selection of typical tools you will gain knowledge that will enpower you to produce any tools for joinery in the future. A student with good general proficiency of all the basic forging fundamentals will be well suited for this course.
This is a great spring board course to get into joinery, in Joinery Part 2 we will be building a project using these skills.
Dereck has been blacksmithing full and/or part time since 1985. Educated as an old-school hands on Industrial Arts teacher as well as running his own business, Dereck has had the opportunities to be exposed and work with dozens of blacksmiths in several areas of study. Upon finishing a six year Jourenymenship, working in and for several shops between Ohio and New Jersey, Dereck finally found his place in Maine and in round about events help found the New England School of Metalwork in 2000. While also maintaining a home/shop business Dereck has directed all power to the forward shields; building the school and the community which supports the school to foster and strengthen the future of Blacksmithing.