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2018 Bottle Opener Class

July 28, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm



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Bottle Openers

Maximum students: 8 Minimum students: 4 
Instructor: Jim Ericksen

How many times have you been sitting in your lounge chair with a cold bottled beverage in your hand and suddenly realized that you had lost your bottle opener? How many times have you cut your delicate hands with a twist top that was installed by malicious robots in the production lines, bent on world domination? How many times have you had a lit fire in your forge and wanted something quick and easy to make, but had run out of ideas? Well, the upcoming bottle opener class is the answer to your problems! With the help of the esteemed Jim (Jimbo Hotep) Ericksen, Martin (The Blacksmithing Yeti) Pansch, and myself Marty (Martiñ Fiero) Masters, we will help you turn your old scrap lag bolts and metal scraps into beautiful, artistic creations that will amaze your friends and family, and defeat that dastardly bottle cap.
Skill Level: Beginners and novices are welcome.
Techniques: We will be practicing slot punching, opening a slot into a circle, forging tapers, various decorative twists, and using top tools for functional and decorative elements.
Lunch: Plan on a sack lunch. If we get enough people, we’ll provide lunch.
Bring: · Your favorite hammer and water.
Safety equipment: safety glasses, ear plugs and work gloves are mandatory. Other safety equipment may include: leather apron, cotton clothing, pants, and leather shoes.
Tools: Besides a forging hammer folks might want tongs for 1/4″ flat stock and 1/2″ square stock, a 1/8″ x 3/4″ slot punch, hot rasp, rat tail file, and a twisting wrench. No tools are required, but if you have ‘em, bring ‘em.
To register for this workshop: send a check for $40 made out to Guild of Metalsmiths AND your contact info to:
Martin Masters 395 Bucher Ave Shoreview, MN 55126
Questions: mastersmw@yahoo.com 651-493-8930 (h)
Acceptance for this class will be prioritized by postmark.


July 28, 2018
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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