You may inlay axes made in the Inlay Chisels class, bring other projects prepared for inlay (surfaces filed and patterns drawn if desired), or bring scrap pieces of steel on which to practice. If you are bringing other projects to decorate with wire inlay, please contact Tom to verify suitability of articles to be inlaid. (Supporting and securing some shapes may present problems.) 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.