by laurie jane kern on October 11, 2009

Spoonerisms: The terms applied to making a spoon. That’s my definition!

After much searching and talking to a lot of people, I found someone to teach me metal smithing – real metal smithing where you are hammering and moving metal!!

Mary N, who is also a member of the Palomar Gem & Mineral Club told me to contact Deb Jemmott. Mary was taking a class from her at San Diego Community College. [Mary was in my Viking Knit class at the time] – So after a few emails and quite a bit of telephone tag, not only had I spoken to Deb but we set up an all day session. Deb also sent out a call for other students, and Mary signed up too. So, yesterday we had our class, focusing on forming, forging and sinking!

OH MY GOD, IT WAS SO MUCH FUN! We arrived at 10 am and for the next 6 hours we learned how to properly select the working height, hold the hammer and then we proceeded to hammer on aluminum (as it never work hardens thus no annealing required) and Copper. We formed, dapped, annealed, Bouged, planished, and sunk metal using cross pein hammers, sinking hammers, and planishing hammers.

I was able to make a tiny – I mean small bowl with a rim and from an oval blank as spoon bowl (pictures below). Mary worked on a bowl and then started a ‘oak’ leaf bowl/dish [Mary let me know if I got it correct] which I think she is going to continue in the class at the community college.

After our session, I met the Janda, the Fair Maiden of Tran at our favorite Thai restaurant in San Marcos as it was only anther 10 minute drive from Deb’s house. We had yummy Crab Cake Panang for dinner and caught up on lots of gossip. I was home by 7:30 pm and then had to tell everything to my husband.

It was off to bet at midnight, tired and very happy.

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Kerri Duncan October 14, 2009 at 4:27 am

I loved the posting! I think *smithing* as a craft is loosely applied to many areas as a collective term these days… but the true use is beautiful- to move metal with force from your own hands is awesome!
-Loved the rimmed bowl- and the Tri-angled dish- If you’re in the mood or have the inclination to make a bit of a holiday/vacation out of smithing- I would highly reccomend Brian Clarke in Ireland! He holds spoon and sinking/raising as well as chasing/repousse’ week long workshops! His web-address is *//homepage.tinet.ie/~ybc/* and he is offering weekend shop classes in France as well.
-I wanted to know more about true smithing- and came away from a most pleasurable week with the basics of movement, and a new vision of metals and appreciation for things like classically made pieces.
-I have enjoyed your blog and postings- keep ’em going! Be safea nd have a great day!

steve mashburn October 13, 2009 at 11:47 am

nothing to stir the blood like learning a new craft! Moving metal does move the mind also… You can make things that tin smiths will say are impossible!

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