Introduction to Leatherworking at Shinola
In this introductory one-evening course students will be guided through the main processes of leatherworking including leather cutting, skiving, stitching, edge painting and embossing. Students will also learn how to use basic patterns and leather equipment. Each student will complete one personalized small journal cover.
An Introduction to Traditional Joinery Techniques
This class will begin with a visual introduction to the types of joinery used in the construction of fine furniture. Students will learn the history of joints, and their specific applications. We will cover strengths and weaknesses, and discuss wood movement and case construction. We will then focus on dovetail joints. Students will practice dovetail joints with hands-on assistance from the instructor. Materials used will include soft woods for practice. Nicer hardwoods will be used for the construction of a final piece—a four sided box. Students will receive materials to practice joinery in their free time between classes (provided they the have a vise or clamps at home). All students will receive an information packet with handouts. Through this class students will gain a strong working knowledge of joinery and hand-ons experience with the guidance of an expert woodworker and furniture maker in a small class setting. Limit 4 students. Class meets 3 hours a week.
This class will introduce students to blacksmithing by focusing on various forging techniques including tapering, shouldering, fullering, twisting, drifting and more. We will also cover non-forging techniques such as filing, grinding, drilling, and finishing. Students will complete several small projects and samples during the course while working towards one or more substantial works. Limit 4 students. Class meets 3 hours a week.
Intermediate Blacksmithing - Punches, Drifts & Hammers
In this intermediate class students will develop their tool making skills as we make punches, drifts and hammers from tool steel. Students will make a hammer in the style of their choice, along with the tooling to create it! Students enrolling in this course must have taken beginning blacksmithing at Smith Shop or have had equivalent experience. Limit 4 students. Class meets 3 hours once a week.
In this action packed beginning level 6 week course students will learn basic jewelry fabrication techniques including sawing, filing, sanding, soldering, riveting and finishing. Skills taught in this course can be applied to a variety of jewelry forms including rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more. Students will complete several small projects and samples during the workshop while working towards one or more substantial works. Limit 6.
In Intermediate Jewelry students will continue to build upon the foundational techniques learned in the Beginning Jewelry course, with emphasis on more complex soldering. New skills to be introduced include basic stone setting, hollow form fabrication, and surface embellishment techniques. The skills taught in this course can be applied to a variety of jewelry forms including rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Students will complete several small projects and samples during the course while working towards one or more substantial works. Limit 6 students. Classes meet 3 hours once a week. *Completion of Beginning Jewelry Class or equivalent experience required.
Rings & Bangles
Learn the essentials for accurately sizing & soldering rings and/or bangles out of sterling silver or brass. In this this two-day weekend workshop, you will size, texture, saw, file, solder, patina, and polish your own jewelry. Students will leave with 3-5 rings, and one bangle or cuff. No metals experience required, all are welcome.
This class will introduce students to basic silversmithing and hollow forming techniques including forging, hollow form construction, die forming and soldering. Students will complete samples while working towards the completion of a vessel, box or similar hollow form. Limit 4 students. Classes meet 3 hours once a week. 8 week course
Bottle Opener Workshop
In this one day workshop students will learn the basics of forging with the goal of creating a bottle opener. Techniques covered will include tapering, punching, drifting, and fullering. Limit 4 students.