Forging - John Cogswell

  • 12 Apr 2008
  • 9:00 AM
  • 13 Apr 2008
  • 5:00 PM
  • Tucson Parks & Recreation - Randolph Jewelry Studio

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John Cogswell is a silversmith/jeweler/educator, with over 30 years of professional experience. In addition to his studio activities and col­lege-teaching, he has traveled all over North America lecturing and con­ducting intensive metalworking workshops. John is a Professor of Metals at SUNY New Paltz and formerly was Metals faculty at Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute and Hofstra University. He writes metal-related ar­ticles, and is currently writing a book on stone setting. He is Technical Edi­tor for SNAG News, the newsletter of the Society of North American Gold­smiths and is on the Advisory Board of Arrowmont School of Crafts.

Forging: One of the oldest metalworking techniques, it is the method by which metalsmiths hammer-form wire stock, ingots or rod into ta­pered (often flexible) forms such as neckpieces and bracelets. Forging pro­duces elegant, lightweight structural forms that require little or no soldering. Contrary to popular misconception, forging does not require great physi­cal strength or body mass. When used properly, the hammer and anvil do all the work. Techniques necessary to forge a fibula and earrings will be taught.

Skill Level: All Levels

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