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A DIY Off-the-Grid Guerilla Patternwelded Billet
Laminated steel, the stuff many folk call Damascus Steel

We'll be making a small (~1/2" x 1/2" x 5") billet or two of pattern-welded steel, what many call "Damascus Steel".
We will work with readily available steels (mild, strapping, hacksaw, transformer, bandsaw, bedrail...) to create a billet of layered steel that can be used to make any number of ornamental items (cufflinks and studs, door handles, buckles, forks, spoons... maybe the side plates on a
San Mai Knife perhaps? Just... sayin'.)
We'll discuss various ways of affecting the pattern... twisting, drilling, grinding, folding, cutting... then choose one to try.

The expected 'product' of this class is... a chunk of metal. With which something cool may be done.

Note: We'll be spattering molten borax around the room, dress appropriately.

Gift Certificates for A DIY Off-the-Grid Guerilla Patternwelded Billet are available.

9 hours in 3 three hour meetings    dates&times

Instructor: Carl West
$375 per student
Maximum 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.

The student will have finished at least Rudiments 1, preferably Rudiments 2 The more experience, the better.

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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