An introduction the classical Japanese decorative metalwork technique. In Ford's words:
"In this class I’ll begin by introducing the ‘kata-kiri’ chisel. This is a relatively simple chisel to make so serves a gentle introduction to the delicacies of chisel making. It’s also the most expressive of chisels in terms of the sorts of marks it can make. Traditionally it’s this chisel that was used create the beautiful chiselled pictures that mimic ink painting but in a creative metalworkers hands the possibilities are endless.Following on from the kata-kiri chisel we’ll tackle the basic ‘V’ chisel. This is quite a demanding form to make but it is pretty much the basic line making chisel in the toolbox with its use being the bedrock of inlay and carving technique. After having dealt with these two chisels we’ll move on to some basic wire inlay. We’ll make a few suitable tools for that process and have fun getting tiny threads of brass and silver wire stuck into minute grooves and channels. And while time won't allow for us to properly delve into the technique of ‘hon-taka-zogan’, or true raised inlay, I will be able to demonstrate that process for class participants as a taster for the future."
The tool kit comprising a single hammer and 8 chisel blanks will probably cost around $100. (Exact price to be confirmed). The set will be ordered directly from Michael Coffey - his contact details will be supplied after registration, and your kit will be waiting for you at Anneville.