FRED ZWEIG "The Gentle Art of Tapping/Nunome Zogan/ Japanese Damascene"

  • 02 Jun 2012
  • 9:00 AM
  • 03 Jun 2012
  • 5:00 PM
  • Metal Arts Village, Studio E, 3230 N. Dodge Blvd., Tucson, Arizona 85716 Info: 520-245-9105
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As it pertains to jewelry, the word Damascene is a process whereby non precious metals are decorated with 18-24K gold in decorative patterns.   This workshop will be an introduction to the fascinating and intricate world of Japanese damascene.  Fred will demonstrate how to make the used for the processs. Each student will be provided with there own chisel and everyone will learn the "Gentle Art of Tapping" required to create the background for inlaying silver, gold, or copper onto iron. Methods used to darken the iron to allow the inlay to contrast beautifully!

Drawing wire and rolling the silver and gold will be covered fully as well as an historical study of the use of this process in Japan and the similar process used in Spain.  Fred discuss examples from his collection of early 20th century Japanese work.
It is Fred’s hope that others will find this process as fascinating as he does. The results can be mesmerizing and relatively easy to accomplish.

BIO: Fred Zweig is a self-taught metalsmith practicing since the early 1970s. He has been involved with teaching others for nearly 30 years and has a sincere passion for the process of metalworking and all of it's traditions and possibilities.

His desire to give homage to those who proceeded him and his desire for information have led him to moderate several historical metal forums including the Society of American Silversmiths and Society of Arts & Crafts website.

A creative innovator of materials and tools to create unique designs, Fred has attended and assisted in many workshops in metal and other media. He is currently involved in forging neck collars for retailers and producing a line of unique pins and pendants using techniques he has developed. Teaching is a natural extension of his desire to share with others what he knows which falls into his desire to "Show and Tell".

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced

: $150 ADC Members/$175 Non-Members

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