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Hammer Making and Striking with Patrick Quinn

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Community First! Village

9301 Hog Eye Road

Austin, TX 78724

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This class will cover all the steps involved in making a 2.5 lb-rounding hammer. With a piece of 1045 grade steel, students will punch and drift the hole, and forge the cheeks and fuller around the face and peen. The majority of the work will be done with sledge-hammers and strikers; focus will be placed on proper striking technique. "Striking" is done with a team of two—one to hold the piece and a tool, the other to "strike" with a sledge hammer.

After the hammer is forged, all heat-treating steps will be covered, including hardening, tempering, and finishing (polishing the faces). Handle making will also be covered and students will leave with a handled hammer ready to use!

About the instructor: Patrick J. Quinn currently runs the forging program at the Center for Metal Arts where he teaches the resident blacksmithing classes and coordinates the visiting artist workshops. Patrick has taught blacksmithing, fabrication, and tool making at Southern Illinois University, The Penland School of Craft, The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, The Adirondack Folk School, The David Norrie School of Blacksmithing, and Salem Art Works.

Patrick is a 2015 Niche award winner, and has work in the Evansville, IN Museum of Art and Science's permanent collection. His work has been featured in juried exhibitions such as “Transitions” (Belgium) and “Forge” contemporary forged metal design (UK), “Craft Forms," “43rd Mid States Craft Exhibition," and “Open Field Running” SNAG student exhibition. Patrick’s work has been published in Metalsmith Magazine’s juried exhibition in print—“Animal Instincts." His work can be seen at www.patrickjquinn.com, www.centerformetalarts.com, and www.iceforge.com.



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