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Wire Inlay Class 2024

April 20 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Instructor:        Martin Pansch, 612-599-4762     blacksmithingyeti@gmail.com
Cost:                  $55.00,  $65.00 for non-Guild members
Class size:         Maximum 8, minimum 4 students
Class Description:
The class will focus on wire inlay into mild steel. This is a technique that can be used to add decorative elements to many of your projects.  Students will chase grooves in the metal and then chase the bottoms of the grooves square. The two corners thus created will be chased to form an undercut channel. The upper edges of the channels will be chased and filed to create grooves of even width. Copper wire will be planished into the grooves so that the softer metal forms to fit the undercut and it locked in place. Surfaces will then be filed smooth leaving a pattern to  This class will concentrate on the basics of the straight lines, curved lines, and dots. We’ll cover both wire that is filed flush with the surface of the steel and left as a raised bead.

Tools and Equipment or other items participants are to bring to the class.

Students will need a light, soft face hammer for striking tools. This hammer should be light enough that thousands of blows will not be tiring. A cheap Chinese ball peen will likely need no softening. Additional tools include: A mill file, a hack saw, sand paper, sharpening stones (a diamond lap plate works well), paper, pencil, Sharpie ™. Students may consider bringing a supplemental light source or other visual enhancement aids as needed. Bring a stool if you prefer to work sitting.

A basic set of small chisels will be provided for students for use in the class. Those over-achievers who want to make their own prior to class can request detailed descriptions of the needed tools.

Safety Equipment – safety glasses & ear plugs are mandatory.

Lunch arrangements: Either bring a bag lunch with you or money to dine at some of the establishments in the area.

Class manager is Gordon Barr. For questions, contact Gordon at agbarr@aol.com   952-894-4821

To register online:  click here to our website Education page

Acceptance priority for this class will be determined by postmark, and each person will be notified individually



April 20
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Jackson Street Roundhouse
193 Pennsylvania Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55130 United States
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Gordon Barr