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Carving a Simple Dragon Head
Simple is a relative term

The project for this class will be carving a dragon head on the end of a 1/2" square bar.
It's a "simple" head in that there is not a lot of ornamentation or detail, those can be added in future versions.
The process calls for decent stock and hammer control and awareness of angles. The main skills used in this project are: the setting of shoulders and using driven tools to cut and re-shape the material.

Typically we finish the head out so it will serve as a bottle opener, but there are other options.

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 12" of 1/2" square steel, preferably mild. 24" or longer is better.
If it's 18" or more long you won't *need* the stock-sized tongs.

4 hours    dates&times

Instructor: Carl West
Fees: Participating $100, 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 Carving a Simple Dragon Head and it's not on the calendar, please tell us using our Notification-List Page.

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