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Applied Ironcarving Workshop
Forging, Carving, and Posing in larger stock

If you've made a dragon head, maybe in Rudiments II or Ironcarving, here's a chance to do it again larger, better, with more detail, already having some idea of what you're doing. We'll be focusing on achieving aesthetic success with forging and carving techniques you already know. The learning part of this class will be more about the 'where' and 'why' and less about the 'what' and 'how'.

You'll have the option of working with larger (3/4") stock to make a piece suited to incorporation into a door knocker, sign-bracket, wall sconce, or use as a serious paperweight, bottle opener, objet d'art... If needed, on the thick sections, we will strike for each other as we do at Striker Team.

If you want to do some other creature than a dragon, that's a perfectly fine thing, there are a multitude of descriptions of heads and how to forge them in books and on the net. If you know ahead what you'd like to do, please drop us a note with a description or pointer to one, so we can check to see if we have the tools necessary. If you think you'll need a striker, tell us that too.

This 'class' takes the form of a 'Guided Open Studio'; the instructor is there to help you through your project, not so much telling you what to do, as helping you figure out how to do it.

Gift Certificates for Applied Ironcarving Workshop are available.

6 hours over two meetings    dates&times

Instructor: Carl West
Fee: $250 per student
Class size is limited to 4 students (one per forge).


Required: A rapid Covid test that day.
Yes, really, we're still asking for it in 2024.
It's still out there, and no fun at all.

Students should have taken at least Rudiments II and preferably Ironcarving

Please wear proper clothing for visiting or working in the forge:
closed toe shoes (preferably leather, preferably high-topped. Sneakers are sufficient, sandals, crocs, pumps, mules... are not), natural fiber clothing, long pants that cover the tops of the shoes.
Click here for more safety information.

Dates and Times:
If none of the dates below work for you (or are already full), we suggest you
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This class is either:
- not upcoming on our schedule,
- or we've fallen behind in our clerical duties and not entered it in the database.
If you found it on our calendar page, we are planning to offer it on that date.

If you're interested in taking Applied Ironcarving Workshop and it's not on the calendar, please tell us using our Notification-List Page.

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