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Something dark and twisted

In this class we will make a corkscrew suited to opening even the finest of wines.

Unlike most modern, mass-produced, skinny little corkscrews, this design grabs a whole bunch of cork, not just the bit down the middle.
With one of these you will never find that, instead of removing it, you have just drilled a ragged hole in that piece of bark that's keeping you from your wine.

"You're going to have to change this design... It makes wine toooo accessible." - A.Z. (student who made a nice one. Then tested it.)

These make nice gifts (especially when you demonstrate that it really does work, on that bottle of nice wine you brought along).

Carl's note:
I'd had the idea of a corkscrew festering in my head for a long time, thinking that there must be a slick way of doing it. At the '10 NEB Fall Meet, Russell Pope had one on display. So I asked him about it and before he was twenty words into the explanation, the technique was clear. They don't quite make themselves, but it sort of feels that way.

Gift Certificates for Corkscrews are available.

3 hours, one meeting    dates&times

Instructor: Carl West
$125 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 completed the cooking-fork portion of Rudiments I or have demonstrated skill at making long, very thin, round tapers.

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.
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