Instructor: Valerie Ostenak, www.valerieostenak.com
Class size: minimum 8, maximum 15.
During this two-day class, guest instructor Valerie Ostenak will share the finesse of using hammer and anvil to cold-forge a sculptural neckpiece, bracelet, and earrings from non-ferrous metal. Copper wire of different gauges will be provided. Students may opt to bring silver.
As no forge work is needed and lighter hammers will be used, a wide range of skill levels can be accommodated, though basic beginner blacksmith skills are suggested as a pre-requisite for this class. Ms Ostenak’s project design can challenge intermediate and accomplished smiths as well.
Students should bring hammer and anvil. Borrowing an anvil might be a possibility; ask while registering. Dressing the hammer to a mirror-polish is one of the class activities. A few smaller tools will be detailed in an acceptance letter. There will be a buffing machine for shared use, and a belt grinder.
Set-up Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. Camping is available on-site. Equipment will need to be moved out Friday directly after class to make room for the Fall Conference weekend’s events. Plan to stay for the Friday evening conference kick-off: slide presentation by Valerie Ostenak, potluck dinner, and The Guild of Metalsmiths’ gallery opening!
Safety glasses are mandatory, as is proper clothing and protection for cold hammering, machine buffing and grinding. (Natural fiber clothing & footwear. Sleeves, shirttails, and long hair should all be kept constrained so as not to catch in machinery.)
Richard Zielike, (952) 983-0681, firstname.lastname@example.org
To register, mail a check for $120 written to “The Guild of Metalsmiths” along with your contact information to:
5720 Lois Lane
Edina, MN 55439
Acceptance priority for this class will be determined by postmark and will be confirmed by email or snail mail. *Guild members have priority.