Hand-Forged Chest Hardware
Students will forge a pair of ornamental hinges and a pair of handles suitable for a medium-sized storage trunk or tool chest. Optional embellishments will be demonstrated to inspire those with more skill to develop their designs beyond the simple form. Proficient students may also make a hasp for use with a padlock, or decorative reinforcing straps. This class focuses on traditional cold and hot metalworking techniques of the pre-industrial age: hammering the hot metal to shape, then refining with files. Blacksmith experience is not needed and this is an excellent crossover opportunity for the carpenter, cabinetmaker, sculptor or timber framer who wishes to make hardware for his or her tool chest.
Length: 3 Days