Summer is off to a great start, and we have been really busy teaching and demonstrating at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the ABANA 2018 conference. With several workshops just around the corner, we are excited to be back in the shop working hard on tool making, shop improvements, and program development. Upcoming featured workshops include: Power Hammer Techniques 2018 with Haley Woodward on August 4th-5th. Beginner Tool-making with Pat Quinn on August 25th & 26th, Hooked on Rivets with Pat Quinn on September 15th, and Forging a Drawknife with Dan Widolff on November 2nd-4th,
Above: Top Left: Beginner Tool-making, Top Right: Hooked on Rivets
Bottom Left: Forging a Drawknife, Bottom Right: Power Hammer Techniques
Instructor Profile: Haley Woodward
Haley has been blacksmithing professionally since 2001 and with an MFA degree in blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Currently a forging instructor at Austin Community College, Austin, TX. Haley teaches a variety of blacksmithing courses ranging from introductory skills to tool making, power hammer, and sculpture. Check out his work on his website!
Also maintaining his own full-time studio in Austin, where his work ranges from sculptural forged fine art pieces to architectural ironwork. Haley has been invited to exhibit and teach and demonstrate throughout the United States at a variety of craft schools and organizations, including Penland School of Crafts, Forging on the River at the National Ornamental Museum in Memphis TN, and the Artist Blacksmithing Association of North America.
Haley will be teaching the popular and informative Power Hammer workshop that covers everything you need to know about forging on a power hammer! This is a great workshop to take if you own a power hammer and want to improve you skills and understanding of power hammers or are thinking of purchasing one. Covered in this workshop are all aspects of working safely and efficiently at a power hammer, open and closed die forging, top tool work and proper safety and care for the machine.
This year, Haley has designed a special project: a forged and traditionally joined anchor.
This project will cover closed and open die forging, swage dies under the hammer, and simple traditional joinery such as the tenons, wedges and a shackle. There are a few spots left for this informative workshop! This is a great opportunity to learn from one of the best forging instructors teaching traditional and contemporary forged work in America today. Haley is a welsh of knowledge when it comes to power hammers and all aspects of forging and working in a smithy. Taking a class with him is an opportunity not to miss. Our new location at the Cambria Iron Co. National Historic Landmark, in Johnstown PA is filled with rich industrial forging history and power hammers alike. Come check out our new location and learn new forging techniques in this beautiful location!
Above: Haley Woodward Sculpture: The Collector: Steel, Brass, Pewter; 2016
Haley Woodward Anchor Project for Power Hammer Techniques 2018 Workshop
We have made several upgrades to the blacksmithing classroom and have many more in the works! We added a new Anyang 55 Self-Contained Air Hammer and our student tool selection is continuously growing. We also have larger individualized forging spaces for each student, along with more layout space for assembly! Come take a workshop and be a part of our growing program.
Above: Left: The Blacksmithing Classroom
Right: Nick Anger Using the Anyang 55 Self-Contained Air Hammer in the Blacksmithing Classroom
If you have any questions please feel free to call, 814 - 418 - 0409, we're happy to answer any questions or help in any way we can.
We are pleased and proud to announce that The Center for Metal Arts is relocating to the historic Cambria Iron Blacksmith Shop in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Built in 1864, this shop conducted industrial scale forgings continuously from the 1860s until the early 1990s when it closed. The site is a designated National Historic Landmark, having a historically significant and extensive collection of rare, large scale power hammers and original hand tools forged on site. We are excited to bring this amazing asset back to life, and to offer it as a facility for your learning and use.
We have been hard at work with the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority to solidify an agreement to turn the Cambria Iron Blacksmith Shop into the new home of The Center for Metal Arts. This move will help us grow and develop in all of our current activities, and more. We will have the room to expand and add to our programs, to better suit students of all skill levels and from all regions of the country. Our new, larger facilities will accommodate our growing artist residency and internship programs, and will allow us to offer longer term workshops.
We expect to accomplish our move quickly, and to resume our regular schedule of workshops beginning in late February. After that, we intend quickly to expand the program offerings of The Center for Metal Arts in Johnstown. Stay tuned!
Pat & Dan
About the lineup
2017 is here and I'm excited to say that the lineup is impressive, more than ten contemporary blacksmiths and metalsmiths from around the county and abroad have been invited to teach more intermediate and advanced workshops. We have expanded the amount of Introduction and intermediate classes taught by the residents of CMA to help encourage students to continue developing technical skill.
The goal for this years workshop schedual is to offer a wide range of quality classes that will suit student needs and cover a broad scope of technical/artistic skills. I hope to see you at a workshop soon! Take a look here to see the complete list of workshops.
In the blacksmithing shop we have some visiting artists returning to CMA to share there knowledge with a new group of students. Many of the popular classes such as hammer making, forge building, and beginer tool making will be offered again.
With the new addition of the jewelry and metalsmithing studio I have spent the last few months putting together a group of visiting artists to come teach advanced level classes that will cover a broad range of skills from stone setting to forging silver bracelets to pewter holloware.
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Below is a complete list of 2017 visiting artists and a brief description of the workshops they are teaching.
Thank you for your support and checking out our workshop lineup! As always if you have any questions feel free to contact us anytime!
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Hello again and thanks for reading.
As I’m sure many of you know, we are passionate about forging tooling at the Center for Metal Arts. I recently had the opportunity to film the forging of a cross peen hammer with a GoPro camera, and am excited to share process with you.
Here in the shop we try hard to work carefully and intentionally. Being interested in process, we always forge as close to the finished shape as possible. We believe this produces a stronger better functioning, longer lasting tool.
As well as producing the highest quality tooling we can we also like to spend as little time in front of the sander as possible. Personally I find it much more rewarding to be working at an anvil or powerhammer than in front of the belt sander, and the shop here is really well setup for that mentality.
Throughout the years many hammers and top tools have wound up in the scrap bin, but I find this helps one grow as a blacksmith and is an important exercise in development. If we are not 100% happy with a tool we produce we are not comfortable selling it to a fellow metalsmith and we welcome feedback about or tooling from people who use it.
It's always awkward to do what you normally do in front of a camera, It forces you to overanalyze every single move you make, moves you usually make on instinct without thought.
cross peen from the video
Most of this process is pretty straight forward, but I thought I would mention a few things. I wanted to capture the point of view if an assistant, when I’m lucky enough to have one. Good help is sometimes hard to find, but this illustrates how seamless some of the process can be with another set of hands.
1. Shaping the blank to the right size and breaking the corners.
2. Punching the hole
3. Pressing in a small drift to prep the hole for the larger handled drift
4-6. Larger drift for forging the cheeks with the fuller dies. This opens the hole for the hickory handle. Fullering the cheeks accentuates the hourglass shape hole, which is necessary for proper seating and wedging of the handle. It also increases surface area of the hammer head contacting the handle which helps for a tighter fit and prevents loosening over time.
7. Shaping the face on the rounding dies
8. Forging the peen
9. Packing and shaping the face and peen. The last step we do is shape the face of the hammer and the peen. We use a bottom swage to shape the peen wile using the top die of the hammer to gently pillow the face. This is one of those instances where we do the work through forging rather than sanding. This step is important because it packs the grain structure and greatly reduces time at the sander.
We use a wooden swage block for putting the drift back in for this step so as not to dungus the forgings. (still working on a permanent solution for that setup.)
Thank you for watching and reading. Thank you for your support, please check out the tooling we have available at www.centerformetalarts.com, and as always feel free to contact us with any questions.
Thanks to everyone who helped me put this together!
forging a stake anvil
Power Hammer Class
A quick note about some upcoming workshops I'm teaching, and why we're offering them here.
Thank you: a look inside my head.
2015 was a great year for us, full of growth and development. The shop is continually improving, and our passion for tool making facilitates a great learning environment for our students. At the Center for Metal Arts it is important to us that every student has the proper tooling to participate in the workshops, that means a hardy tool that properly fits every anvil, tongs that strongly and safely hold the stock, and a forging hammer comfortable for anyone. A mindset like that takes time, and we would not be where we are today or made the progress we made last year without the support of you and the community. I appreciate everyone that came to take a workshop or bought our tooling, every bit of support we get helps us continue to grow CMA into a state of the art learning facility for blacksmithing and metalsmithing.
I've started up this blog again as bit more of a personal look into whats going on in the shop, with our community, and in my head. My aim is to keep it light, informal and fun. (I'm not going to heavily edit, and I don't spell very well, so go easy on me) Sometimes I feel like letting folks know what I'm thinking, like why I chose to offer a class, or whats important about certain workshops for forging or metalsmithing development. I feel in the future the blog will be less about "take this workshop" and more about "this is how that workshop went, check out what we're forging, this is whats happening behind the scenes......" That sort of thing. Follow me on instagram @handforgedinvt and the shop @centerformetalarts, whats happen here is really exciting to me and sharing it with you is important.
Thanks again, fell free to contact us about any forging or metalsmithing needs or ideas, we love helping if we can!
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