- Level of Instruction
- Some forging experience including a little forge welding is necessary.
In class you will create a type of simple candle holder with three legs ending in penny feet and two arms terminating in candle cups, forged by spreading the bar and rolling it, and one stem connecting the arms and legs. Parts will be forged and welded using Vesterheim’s gas forges. The arms will be forge-welded to the top of the stem and the legs to the bottom. The mass of material where the arms meet the stem can be cut into whatever design inspires you. The sequence of the steps, designed to allow the welding of parts without burning completed elements, will be stressed. When welding is completed, the legs and arms will be curved using charcoal forges. While this is a simple design it is not a beginning project. There will be a materials fee.
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About the Instructor
Tom Latané started forging reproduction colonial and early American ironwork in Maryland in the early 1970s. After moving to the Midwest in 1981, he was introduced to the creative whimsy of Norwegian folk iron. Tom and his wife, Catherine, have a shop in Pepin, Wisconsin, where Tom repairs antiques and creates original pieces using a traditional design vocabulary and historic hand techniques. Tom has demonstrated for blacksmith groups and has taught at folk schools around the country. Some of Tom’s ironwork can be seen in Vesterheim’s Westby-Torgerson Education Center.
Learn more: Check out two beautiful and informative photo essays by Tom: Ring Handle and Making Repairs to Trunk Hardware. Each photo includes full instructions to complete the project.
Or watch these videos:
Collections Connection: Blacksmithing Trunk Locks, where Tom and Vesterheim Collections Manager Jennifer Kovarik highlight the museum's collection of forged chest locks and the different mechanisms locksmiths employed to secure belongings.
Collections Connection: Entry Door Lock, where Tom looks at a specific door lock in the Vesterheim collection.