Hang On: And Intro to Blacksmithing with Tom & Marc Maiorana

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This is an amazing opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge from a father/son blacksmithing duo! You will learn steel forging techniques while designing and making a variety of hangers – such as coat hooks, pot racks, sign holders, and more. Start with lighting the forges and end with finished hangers of all kinds to bring home. Forging, forming, and joinery techniques will be emphasized, as well as the steps necessary to bring a sketchbook drawing to life. Expect to learn about steel’s malleability while working hard and having fun. Beginner and Beyond

Tuition: $615 (lunch is included)
Studio/Materials Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $30*
 (listed as "shipping" in cart) *Members use coupon code WAIVEFEE at check-out


Tom Maiorana started forging iron in 1972 when he enrolled in a program for shoeing horses, a time when you were taught how to forge all the different types of horseshoes which are now mass produced. His shoeing career did not last but a few years when he dedicated himself full time to creating a blacksmith business marketing custom items as well as craft fair and household pieces. In time, the income from this small business was not adequate to support Tom’s family and he managed a farm project for a mental health organization and then with his wife went into the blacksmith supply business where they warehoused and sold a wide variety of blacksmith tools and products. It was this supply business that allowed him to keep pursuing forgework, even though part time, as opportunities seemed to always come around for custom work. Tom and his wife sold the supply business after 26 years, which allows him much more time to work at the anvil.
Marc Maiorana was a Penland resident artist and has taught at Peters Valley, Haystack, and Penland. He is the recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship and his work has been featured in American Craft, Metalsmith, Food and Wine, and the New York Times. Marc’s work is in the permanent collection of the Peabody Essex Museum, Metal Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery. www.marcmaiorana.com

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