Forging Hooks & Leaves

July 14, 2023

Schedule: 8:30-11:30am Fri

Instructor: Hal Aavang

Registration Deadline: July 3

Description

Learn the basics of blacksmithing from Hal, as well as how to use a portable propane gas forge. You’ll learn the use of the hammer, anvil, and vise as you practice drawing, tapering, and twisting. And you’ll make decorative and useful hooks and leaves.

Class size 6

Student Supply List Wear cotton or non-acrylic outerwear and leather full-coverage shoes. Long hair should be tied back.

  • Materials Fee $10

This workshop requires a Woodlanders Day Fee. Learn more here.

Instructor

Photo of Hal Aavang

Hal Aavang

After retirement as an architect, Hal Aavang was looking for a way to combine a practical skill with his lifelong love of working with metal, and to also use this skill as an art form. He found the blacksmithing program at Shake Rag Alley, and started with a basic blacksmithing class taught by Bob Tuftee using the traditional coal forge.…Read More

After retirement as an architect, Hal Aavang was looking for a way to combine a practical skill with his lifelong love of working with metal, and to also use this skill as an art form. He found the blacksmithing program at Shake Rag Alley, and started with a basic blacksmithing class taught by Bob Tuftee using the traditional coal forge. In order to continue blacksmithing at home, the propane gas forge provided a clean and readily available forging heat for his projects. A MIG welder and oxy-acetylene torch added additional support for his home blacksmithing shop where he works on many pieces such as traditional hooks, fire pokers, flowers, custom live art tables, other art projects, and an expanding list of future works. Hal is a member of the Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association. He keeps, sells, donates to charitable causes, and displays his work, and accepts commissions.

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Blacksmithing a Garden Gate

Explore Gas Forge Blacksmithing

Forging Hooks and Leaves

Forge a Calla Lily

Woodlanders Friday

Did you remember to purchase your day fee?

Add the $115 Woodlanders Day Fee for Friday (or $60 Half-Day Fee) to your cart, then select as many Friday workshops as you wish, ensuring that your choices don’t overlap times. Materials fees listed at the end of each workshop description will be added to the shopping cart as you make your selections.

Day fees include: your choice of workshops, lunch, snacks, beverages, and evening activities. Thursday and Sunday registrants are welcome to attend evening events on Friday or Saturday.

Half-day fees include: your choice of morning/afternoon workshops, am/pm snacks, and beverages. Does NOT include lunch, which can be purchased separately.

Friday, July 14, Workshop Schedule:

7:30-8:30               Registration check-in | Art Cafe

8:30-11:30      B01     Forging Hooks & Leaves: Hal Aavang

8:30-11:30      B02     Leaf Stamp & Stitch Pillow Cover: Evy Thuli

8:30-11:30      B03     Broken Pieces Mosaic Tile: Cindy Fleming

8:30-11:30      B04     Personalized Walking Stick: John and Marcia Whitt

8:30-10:30     B05     Create a Comforting Doodlebird: Ann Ristow

11:30-1:00              Lunch on the Green

1:00-5:00      B06      Forge a Calla Lily: Hal Aavang

1:00-4:00      B07      Nature’s Garlands: Evy Thuli

1:00-4:00      B08      Nature Imprints in Clay: Diana & Claire Johnston

1:00-4:00      B09      Rustic Wood Hooks: David Eagan

1:00-4:00      B10      Willow Garden Trellis: Jim Arendt

1:00-5:00      B11       Spirit of the Garden Twig Sculpture: Scott Kingery

5:00-6:30                  Picnic on the Green

630-8:00                  Friday Evening Fun Event

Registration Policies & Waiting Lists

Class Confirmation
You will receive a registration confirmation via email. If you do not have an email address, you will receive a snail-mail confirmation.

Please read your class confirmation carefully as it may include a supply list and other important details, and note our current COVID-19 protocols on our Planning Your Workshop Experience page.

Materials Fees
Many classes have materials fees in addition to the tuition. These are identified in the class listing and are usually paid with the tuition payment, however in some cases materials fees are paid directly to the instructor at class time (check the class listing).

Cancellation Policy
While we recognize that life intrudes and plans change, in consideration of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for classes, we must adhere to the following cancellation policies:

Student cancellations

> Cancellations made 31 days before the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are eligible for a full refund less 25% of the workshop fee OR a gift certificate in the full amount of the workshop fee. The gift certificate can be applied to workshops or lodging one year from the date of cancellation.

> Cancellations made 30 days or less than the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are not eligible for refunds. We encourage all students to purchase trip insurance.

> Cancellation requests must be made by calling our office at (608) 987-3292.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with your class, please refer to our lodging page for the lodging cancellation policy.

Cancellations by Shake Rag Alley

> If Shake Rag Alley must cancel a class you will be notified immediately via email or phone and will receive a full refund or transferable gift certificate.

> If a class does not meet a minimum number of students, it may be cancelled. A decision to cancel a class due to under enrollment will be made on the day following the published registration deadline.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with a class cancelled by Shake Rag Alley, you may receive a full refund on lodging should you wish to cancel the lodging. Please call the office at (608) 987-3292.

Waiting Lists

If a workshop you are interested in is sold out, please fill out this waiting list form. We will contact you if a spot becomes available. The class code requested on the form is the Workshop ID shown at left, beneath the Add to Cart button.