An introduction to the ancient art of blacksmithing, this course will use traditional and modern tools to create forged metal objects-functional and sculptural. Students will learn to take an otherwise intractable material like steel and make it malleable and adaptable to their own vision. Topics include: bending, drawing down, hot-cutting, spreading, twisting and braiding, sheet-metal forming, hot-punching and riveting. We will mainly use gas forges; though traditional coal forges will be introduced during the semester. Thorough instruction will be given in oxy-acetylene and oxy-propane torch work-heating, cutting, welding, brazing and silver soldering. MIG and Arc welders are also available. NOTE: A release will be provided for each student registering for this course. The release must be signed by the student at the beginning of the first session. This course will be held at 27 Coffey Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn. Access to the SVA Sculpture Center is not included.
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