July 26 – July 30, 2021 · 12:30pm - 4:30pm
$328 members, $358 non-members
Monday through Friday
A fast and simple metal working technique for the small shop or single craftsman to produce multiples of a design without having to saw each piece one at a time. The tools used are a jeweler's saw, a modified bench pin, and a drill. The process can be compared to cutting cookies out of dough with a cookie cutter except for the fact that we will be using mild tool steel to punch softer metal sheet (silver, copper, gold, etc.). The effect is the same. We can produce exact multiples of the original design. During the five-day workshop we will go over the design of the die, layout, sawing and use of the hydraulic press. Each student will produce a steel blanking die. Plexiglass will be used to make pillow forms for shell construction.