Forging Hooks & Leaves

July 12, 2024

Schedule: 8:30-11:30am Fri

Instructor: Hal Aavang

Registration Deadline: July 1

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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. You’ll make decorative and useful hooks and leaves.

Class size 6

Level Beginner and above

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

  • Materials Fee $10

Instructor

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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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Woodlanders Friday

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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

Workshop ID 24W194-B02 Catalog