Collections Connections: Blacksmithing Trunk Locks

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Collections Connections: Blacksmithing Trunk Locks

October 21, 2020 (Noon-1:00PM CDT) with Tom Latané

Level of Instruction
All levels.
$20.00 Members
$20.00 Non-members

Share your lunch break with master blacksmith Tom Latané and Vesterheim Collections Manager Jennifer Kovarik as they highlight forged locks from the museum collection. Vesterheim Museum has an extensive collection of trunks and chests brought from Norway by immigrants. Tom's last discussion looked at the construction of one trunk. This time, the topic will be chest locks and the different mechanisms locksmiths employed to secure belongings. Examples will be shown of five different styles with variations. Discussion will include construction and ornamentation. 

Time at the end will be provided for you to connect with other folk art enthusiasts, ask questions, and participants are encouraged to share locks they have collected, made or are working on. 

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! 

Supplies: A computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.

Special Instructions: You will receive a link to the Zoom session by email sometime during the week prior to the group meeting.

Enrollment Deadline: October 19, 2020

Registration for this class has closed.

About the Instructor

Tom Latané
Tom Latané
Tom Latané

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.