Workshop Description

Class #32

"Getting Hooked" Beginning Forging

James Viste

November 6, 7 & 8 | 9 - 5


Expect to start from the beginning - a general overview of the Forge Building, it's tools and their uses. Learn maintenance and use of the coal forge, anvil and hammer ergonomics and techniques to insure an enjoyable, safe and productive class. Demonstrations will cover the major introductory forging processes; variations of tapering, upsetting, shouldering and twists to produce single piece objects (i.e. hooks, handles, etc.). Students will have an opportunity to individualize their projects under James' guidance and supervision.

James Viste was raised on a farm in Wisconsin, received a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Master of Fine Art from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI. He is a nationally known blacksmithing demonstrator and exhibitor and has participated in several national Ironwork Restoration Projects, including Cranbrook Educational Community and the Detroit Institute of Arts. He is currently the Manager of Edgewise Forge LLC and is instructor/technician at the College for Creative Studies, both in Detroit.

Tuition: $290 (lunch included each day)
Materials Fee: $10.00 payable to The Clearing at registration for consumable steel.
Shop Fee: $15 payable to The Clearing at registration
Location: Forge Building at The Clearing, 12103 Garrett Bay Rd, Ellison Bay

To take this class

Total Cost: $315.00

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