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The Raised Vein Leaf
An exercise in setting shoulders

Many smithed leaf recipes call for marking the veins of the leaf with a chisel. This can look good and read well but incising the lines pushes a piece of the leaf anatomy down _into_ the leaf when it's actually a protruding feature. This class' technique can also be used to leave a reinforcing rib on a spatula, trowel, spear, or arrowhead where the shank joins the blade.

The project for the class will be working through the raised-center-vein leaf motif we use at PHF for the dragon tail-fluke in Rudiments II. Time allowing we may turn it into a pendant or key-fob. The main skill used in this project is the setting of shoulders... setting material down and leaving material high.

We will be using Zoom as the group-meeting app.
Clicking the link above will tell you what you need to make it go on your device.
The Zoom meeting URL will be emailed out at least an hour before class and the meeting will be started 15 minutes before official class start so we can check the tech and maybe visit each other's smithies.
People on the standby list will have the option of auditing the class (see the fees below) but will be asked to turn off their cameras and microphones until the end of class (emergencies excepted).

The student must have: (please read this carefully)


At least 6" of 3/8" or 1/2" round or square steel, preferably mild.
If it's 18" or more long you won't need the stock-sized tongs.

2-ish hours    dates&times

Instructor: Carl West
Fees: Participating $50, Auditing - Free, come see how it works. 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.

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:

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 The Raised Vein Leaf and it's not on the calendar, please tell us using our Notification-List Page.

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