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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.
Maximum 4 students, one per forge

Please wear proper clothing for visiting or working in the forge: closed toe shoes (preferably leather, preferably high-topped. Sneakers are sufficient.), natural fiber clothing, long pants that cover the tops of the shoes. Click here for more safety information.

Dates and Times:

Thursday, July 16,
2:00pm to 6:00pm East Coast US Time

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