Workshops

Workshops focus on teaching traditional fusion bonded Mokume Gane. Combining Japanese tradition and western technology, Eric guides participants through the Mokume Gane process. Billets are made successfully and efficiently using a low-tech method designed for modest studios. A refractory brick mini-furnace and a simple soldering torch are two key components.

  • Beginning jewelry and metalsmithing skills are necessary to take a Mokume Gane workshop.

  • workshops are typically three days, lasting 7-8 hours with a midday lunch break

  • two day workshops participants are provided a pre-made copper & silver billet

  • three day workshops participants make their own copper & silver billet

  • week long workshops participants make multiple billets and experiment with different metal combinations

  • particpants in all workshops are shown the entire billet making process, along with forging and patterning demonstrations

  • participants in most workshops work towards a finished project using their piece of patterned Mokume Gane

  • a maximum of 10 participants per workshop 

  • Eric's fee is $500 per day and does not include travel costs and lodging

  • participants pay a $110 kit fee that includes pre-cut copper and silver sheets along with other materials needed to make their own Mokume Gane

  • participants may purchase a $65 mini-furnace to help make Mokume Gane in their own studio

Tools & Materials Provided by Eric

  • refractory brick mini-furnaces

  • steel torque plates w/ hardware

  • 3M Scothbrite cleaning blocks

  • cleaning jigs

  • simple green degreaser

  • 220 sand paper

  • pumice powder

  • vise grips & forging tongs

  • forging hammers

  • hacksaw w/ blades

  • drill bits & carving burs

  • saw blades

Tools & Equipment Needed at Studio

  • basic hand tools (saws, files, pliers, ring mandrels, hammers)

  • minimum 2 soldering stations (acetylene, natural gas or propane)

  • minimum 4 anvil surfaces (anvils or large vise plates)

  • flex-shafts or dremel tools

  • belt sander (w/ coarse grit)

  • rolling mill (w/ 3" flat preferred)

  • bench mounted drill press (3/8" collet)

  • 20 ton hydraulic press

Materials List for Participants

  • 6" metal ruler

  • fine point sharpie marker

  • note taking materials

  • safety glasses

  • ear protection

  • closed toed shoes

  • dust mask 

  • personal hand tools always recommended (saw, files, ring mandrel, hammers)

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