Advanced Forging Masterclass with Roberto Giordani

This intensive 4 day master class is a rare chance

Advanced Forging Masterclass with Roberto Giordani

This intensive 4 day master class is a rare chance to learn from Roberto Giordani, one of the world's leading blacksmiths and gain an understanding of advanced forging processes and sculptural form. The project is to forge flowers, stalks and leaves from a single piece of steel using a variety of tools and anvil techniques.

Roberto learned this technique from one of his teachers, the famed Angelo Bartolucci and says that understanding the process of moving metal in this project is a big step to learning and understanding the very efficient Italian method of "plastica forging" where the metal is moved in a brutal but elegant way and produces the style of forged work that has become immediately identifiable as contemporary Italian blacksmithing.

Students make

A hand forged floral sculpture

Students will learn

Tuition from one of Italy's best blacksmiths

  • Advanced anvil forging techniques

  • Emphasis on the Italian style of forging

  • Finishing a beautiful organic form

  • Sculptural surface treatments and finishing techniques

 

What’s included
  • All materials will be provided for the completion of the tools including handles.

  • Morning tea and lunch – if you have any special dietary requirements please ensure you bring something that meets your needs.

  • All safety gear including leather blacksmith aprons, eye, ear and hand protection (but feel free to bring your own if you prefer)

Appropriate for

This class is designed for enthusiastic amateur blacksmiths as well as professionals looking to expand their knowledge.

What to bring
  • A favorite hammer, gloves, or other tools – if you prefer to use your own

  • Bottle of water and snacks

What to wear

Clothing appropriate for a workshop – long pants and sleeves (preferably natural fibre), solid shoes/boots.

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