- Level of Instruction
- Intermediate to advanced. Forge welding experience required. More experienced students may want to start a second hammer.
Forge a hammer head in the style of examples from Viking finds, using wrought iron with high-carbon steel on the face and pein. Salvaged wrought-iron bar with its fibers of iron and slag will be reforged to size, and the steel will be prepared and welded at each end. The eye will be punched and drifted to size and the ends hardened and tempered. Evening studio hours with the instructor will be possible two nights. There is a small materials fee, payable to the instructor.
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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.