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Heart, Hand and Hammer - Forging with John Cogswell

  • Monday, April 02, 2018
  • 9:00 AM
  • Friday, April 06, 2018
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville GA 30340
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  • Forging Jewelry and Silverware

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with John Cogswell

April 2-6, 2018

Forging is probably the oldest metalworking technique. It is the classic method by which metalsmiths hammer-form wire stock, ingots or rod into elegant, tapered (often flexible) forms such as neckpieces and bracelets. It is also ideally suited for the production of larger-scale flatware pieces. Learn, also, how to design and create a serving/eating utensil. Any tidbit, no matter how tasty, will taste even better when eaten or served with your own elegant forged creation!

Where:  5353 Buford Highway NE

Doraville, GA 30340

When:  April 2-6, 2018

Monday through Friday, 9:00 - 5:00 each day

How Much:  $500.00

Tools needed:
NOTE:  Since an anvil is required, Pattie Appleby has contacted and made arrangements to have them shipped directly to us for price deduction in shipping. Please let her ( know by March 7 if you are purchasing an anvil.  (35 lb anvils are $178 each and shipping in a group will be approximately $23-36 each.) 


  • Forging Hammer(s) – If you do not already have your own forging hammer, I suggest that you purchase one from
  • Allcraft Tools in NYC, which carries fully-dressed and polished, ready-to-use forging hammers in three sizes: ‘light-
  • weight’ (500 gram/1.1 lb. head); ‘medium-weight’ (1000 gram/2.2 lb. head); and ‘heavy-weight’ (1,500 gram/3.3 lb.
  • head). All working surfaces have been ground smooth, and are polished bright. The heavier the hammer, the more
  • efficiently it moves metal. I recommend the 1000 gram hammer. 
  • Planishing hammer
  • 6” to 12” Flat Hand file; #0, 00 or 000 cut w/handle 
  • 6” Crossing file; #0 cut w/handle
  • ring clamp
  • ‘C’ style vise grips (to hold ingots while hot forging)
  • 6” stainless steel ruler 


  • pointed tweezers
  • self-locking, insulated grip soldering tweezers


  • * Sterling Silver Wire: (suggested source: Hauser & Miller)
  • 2 gauge (6 mm x 6 mm) Square Sterling Silver Wire (a simple neckpiece will require + 12”; a bracelet requires + 5”-6”
  • (optional) other assorted gauges if you have and wish to bring. Square stock has approximately 25% more material than round stock of the same gauge.
  • * Sterling Scrap (must be solder-free)
  • If you wish to try pouring an ingot and forging it out to make a flatware piece, bring clean casting scrap or casting grain. I cast ingots to create forged flatware pieces. My standard molds require 125 grams or 235 grams respectively. (I use the 125 gram ingot the most).
  •  * Copper Rod Stock for Practice
  •  12" (1 ft) - 4 gauge Round Copper Rod
  • Heavy gauge copper stock can be found at Home Depot and Lowes, where it is sold by the foot from a large spool.
  • You may wish to check this out as an alternative source if one of these building suppliers is close by).


  • pair of work gloves (cotton and/or leather-palmed)    
  • abrasive paper: several sheets of each: coarse, medium and fine. Abrasive paper is most useful when lightly scored and wrapped around a ±12" x 1" x ¼" flat strip of wood. It can then be secured at one end with masking tape, a rubber band or an elastic hair tie.
  • brass hand brush


  • rawhide mallet 
  • safety glasses or goggles
  • Optivisor or other magnifier (optional)
  • shop apron
  • small hand towel


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