Instructors: Stephen Mankowski & Shelton Browder (demonstrators for TGoM’s 2017 Fall Conference
Class size: Maximum students: 16 Minimum students: 10
Tools and Equipment or other items participants are to bring to the class. forge, anvil, basic tools – specific tools for the project will be listed in an acceptance letter
Special Instructions: stock & coal will be provided
Class Description: Steve Mankowski and Shelton Browder have shared blacksmith experience at historic Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, demonstrating traditional methods to make tools and household items of the period. At this year’s one-day pre-conference workshop, students will have the opportunity to make a small hand axe (including making the drift for the eye), a chisel and/or a gouge.
Students will need to bring their own forge, anvil, safety gear and tools (a few specific to these projects will be listed in the acceptance letter). Stock and coal will be provided. Students should have experience working with tool steel and forge-welding. Set up indoors, in the main demonstration building. The workshop will run from 9:00 to 5:00, with a lunch break (students, bring a lunch).
Plan to stay for the evening gala, which includes the gallery opening and a video presentation of “Ore to Axe,” documenting the process of extracting iron from earth using the bloomery method of smelting, converting iron into steel and then forging an axe. Steve and Shelton will be on hand to share their experience and answer questions.
To register, send a check for $135 made out to “The Guild of Metalsmiths” and mail it, along with your contact information, to:
4430 Lyndale Avenue N
Minneapolis, MN 55412
Priority will be given to Guild members, with acceptance based on the postmark date, and will be acknowledged with an email or letter.
General questions should be directed to: