Heart, Hand and Hammer: Forging For Jewelry Applications

June 3, 2018 – June 9, 2018

John Cogswell

Forging is arguably the oldest metalworking technique. It is the classic method by which metalsmiths hammer-form, or forge wire, rod or ingots into elegant, lightweight, flexible forms. During this workshop students will focus on light forging to produce small scale jewelry such as earrings, bracelets and neckpieces. Forging is a two-stage process. In the initial stage, the metal is shaped by a series of sequential hammering operations, transforming it into an object which possesses varied structural cross-sections and fluid graceful contours. In the final stage, the surface of the rough-forged form is refined by planishing: producing the characteristic reflective, subtly hammer-textured surface. Open to all skill levels.


John Cogswell is a jeweler, silversmith, educator and author/illustrator. Recently retired from SUNY New Paltz, New York, he previously taught at Parsons School of Design, the Pratt Institute and Hofstra University. Cogswell is also the former Director of the Jewelry and metalsmithing Department at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

John Cogswell

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

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