The inlay technique we will use employs chasing rather than engraving. This one-day class will cover the forging, heat treating, and grinding of the chisels that we will use in the Wire Inlay class. You may bring your own preferred tool steel or purchase steel in the class. There is a small materials fee, payable to 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.