Hammer Making with Jesse Bert

Workshop  /  Technics  /  10 Sep 2018  -  15 Sep 2018
Published: 02.07.2018
Custom Forming Hammer made by Jesse Bert. Materials: Hickory and Tool Steel..
Custom Forming Hammer made by Jesse Bert. Materials: Hickory and Tool Steel.

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For some of us, hammers are the heart of the functional and practical side of our making process. It’s a wonderful feeling of excitement to use beautiful hammers you made yourself leaving gorgeous marks, or completing that special process that bring each unique piece to life.
Learn how to design and create the hammer shape you have in mind whether it’s a ball end, cross peen, riveting hammer or something else more unique.
Made from tool steel, each hammerhead will be ground and filed to perfection. Student will forge an appropriate oval hole in the head for the correct seat and mounting of a solid handle-to-head union, then they will be polished and oil hardened to withstand a lifetime of use and wear. In the end, handles and heads with be properly fitted with a traditional time-old technique, during this step, you will learn about the application of basic wood working techniques using your jewelers tools.

Open to any level of student with a keen interest in detail and patience. It requires students who are interested/comfortable using an angle grinder, and doing lots of filing.

When: September 10th to 15th, 2018, ( 10am to 2pm each day).
Cost: 280 €
Language: English and Spanish.


Jesse Bert holds a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from RIT in New York, and an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from ECU in North Carolina. 3 years spent as an apprentice in a tool and die shop before beginning university gave Jesse a strong interest and appreciation for fine handmade tools, which he now uses to embellish his work with delicate texture and design. Over the past 12 years, Jesse has taught metalsmithing and jewelry techniques to students of all skill levels at his own studio, as well as annual workshops in other cities around the world. Jesse is also an adjunct professor at the Technological Institute of Monterrey in the city of Guadalajara. He participates in National and International exhibition each year, some recent venues include: Tienda Q, Oaxaca City, Mexico; Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco; Alchemy 925, Massachusetts; The Palace of Iturbide, Mexico City; The Amber Fair Legnica, Poland; Inhorgenta Fair Munich, Germany; Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City; The Museum of Art and Design, NYC. In 2014 he was invited to participate as a fellow at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts residency program.

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