Collection Connections is a series of Vesterheim-hosted conversations between the museum’s collections staff and folk-art school instructors. Highlighting the incredible folk-art collection at Vesterheim, these conversations are also opportunities for you to stay connected with your folk-art community during this unpredictable time. Each gathering will highlight a piece or two from the collection as explained, interpreted, and appreciated by a master folk artist. The online gathering will also include the opportunity for the small group of participants to show and share what you’re working on in the safe way we can – digitally!
Share your lunch break with forging instructor Tom Latané and Vesterheim Collections Manager Jennifer Kovarik as they highlight a trunk from the collection to inspire your forging practice. Tom says "The piece from the Vesterheim Collection to be discussed will be a well constructed iron bound wooden trunk with the date 1750 chisel pierced into the keyhole escutcheon. The corners are completely covered with scalloped iron straps with a nail in each scallop. The large number of nails with uniformly swaged heads is impressive."
Time at the end will be provided for you to connect with other metalworkers, ask questions, and share one thing you are working on during this time of staying home.
Supplies: A computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.
Special Instructions: Please make sure to use the Zoom invitation link that will be emailed to you after registering for the class.
Enrollment Deadline: July 19, 2020
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.