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Start Date: May 20, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Are your ready to move some metal? Join Oaks Bottom Forge for a one-day workshop and delicious feast to introduce you to the old world craft of blacksmithing. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of the trade: shaping, forming, tapering, flattening, twisting and punching. You will be the blacksmith as you learn to hammer a traditional wall hook. All metal, food (vegetarian or carnivores) + locally brewed beers are included! This workshop is the perfect introduction for those with an interest in moving metal or those who have merely dabbled in the past. This workshop is offered offsite at the Oaks Bottom Forge in Southeast Portland:

The Oaks Bottom Forge is at it's new location.....
we are behind the building / house, located at
2171 SE Moore Street
Milwaukie, OR 97222

Due to the partnership with Oaks Bottom Forge, no discounts will apply to this workshop. Please note the cost of this workshop includes materials, instruction, food and community!


No prerequisites


Start Date: Jun 26, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Make a splash with a stunning statement necklace made completely by hand! We will explore making one-of-a-kind sterling silver pendants featuring colorful cabochon stones, which hang from gorgeous handmade chains. We will use silver, copper and bronze wire to form loops and links, which then can be combined in infinite variations for fun metal chains. To pull your unique necklace together, we will also learn how to make a variety of toggle and hook clasps. You’ll come away from class with at least two completely original finished necklaces, and the skills to make many more!

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing preferred but not required.

Start Date: Jun 7, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

This course focuses on complex fabrication and surface techniques that allow students to expand their technical skill and design aesthetics. Techniques covered in this follow up to Fundamentals I include an introduction to building forms with the hydraulic press and dapping blocks, traditional surface explorations with etching, patinas, and torch enameling as well as tube setting faceted stones. This course will sharpen students’ aesthetic sensibilities and ability to translate ideas into a finished piece.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing I or equivalent experience.

Start Date: Jun 17, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Have a metals project you've been meaning to finish but need time and guidance? Need a bit of coaching on some basics that you may have missed, or want to practice in a supportive environment? This class is ideal for the self-motivated jewelry and metalsmithing student who would like to pursue individual projects with the help of an experienced metalsmith. Students should come to the first class with their own ideas of what they wish to accomplish over the course of the class. Technical demonstrations will be given based on the interests of participants and needs for their particular projects. Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing II or equivalent experience.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing II or equivalent experience. If you have questions before enrolling, please contact the instructor via email:

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Start Date: Sep 16, 2017 Days: Sat, Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

This two-day workshop gives beginning casters a fast way to make handmade rings, pendants and earrings. Cuttlefish bone is a soft, carvable substance with a distinct wood-grain texture. It has been used as a mold material for casting since the middle ages, and jewelers still make unique, one of a kind pieces using this direct-casting method. Students will explore carving or making impressions in the cuttlebone, then cast with molten bronze or silver. We will then use metalsmithing skills such as sawing, filing and soldering to finish the pieces and go home with fabulous new jewelry to wear and share!

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing preferred but not required.

Start Date: Jul 26, 2017 Days: Wed, Thu, Fri Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

A few basic skills can take you far. In this class we’ll explore the beauty of objects and how honing fundamental skills can strengthen any design. With emphasis in tab settings of irregular objects, and linkage methods, students will be encouraged to create samples and experiment with combining methods into thoughtful jewelry. Students can expect to create several small pieces and/or one large statement piece throughout this concentrated class and leave with a refined knowledge of basic skills in small metals.

Prerequisite: Beginning metals experience suggested but not required.

Start Date: Aug 9, 2017 Days: Wed, Thu, Fri Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Color is a bold expression and design is imperative for function. During this workshop students will create a series of copper spoons incorporating various basic enameling techniques, which will complement their design development. Other skills utilized will include sawing, filing, basic forming, and cold connections. We will be looking to traditional souvenir spoons for inspiration. Students can expect to leave this class with 3-5 “spoons of specimen”.

Prerequisite: Beginning metals experience suggested but not required.

Start Date: Aug 19, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Foldforming is a fast way to manipulate flat sheets of metal to make 3D forms. By heating, folding and hammering thin sheets of metal you can experiment with the variety of forms that unfold as you work. With a few subtle hammer blows your copper sheet can transform into a multitude of forms, from leaves and flowers to striking geometric structures. Take it further by colorizing the metal using some simple patinas. This dynamic, experimental work will inform your artistic process as your ideas for sculpture and jewelry evolve. Join us as we test the limits and learn more about foldforming, chemical and heat patinas!

No prerequisites.