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  1. Since Hofi’s last session in the USA in 2006 he has reinvented the German blacksmithing programs with his innovative techniques, taught and demonstrated in Europe and at home in Israel. Now in honor of Center for Metal Arts founder Ed Mack, Hofi returns one more time to this side of the Atlantic for a celebration of the forge with two powerhouse weeks of workshop intensives, and 5 events to choose from. If you ever wanted to learn with Hofi, if you want to know how to turn your hammer hand into a power stroke, if you want to learn how to make the power hammer more efficient, if you want to learn some Hofi toolmaking, here is your chance to do it without an overseas flight. We have set up these classes to give you the most choice and flexibility. Mix and match the five sessions to fit your schedule. Oct 9-11: Ergonomic Hammer Work with Uri Hofi (Wednesday through Friday) Three days of demonstration and hands-on time at your own Hofi-tooled anvil. Learn the efficient power stroke hammer swing to protect your body from repetitive motion injuries, different uses of the hammer and anvil surface, and the most productive ways to go about moving metal. Hofi looks at process and thinks about a faster or easier way to achieve the same outcome. If you’ve heard that “Get it hot and hit it hard” sums up blacksmithing, this class can boost your productivity and save your swinging arm for years ahead. A condensed and intensive version of Hofi’s well-known 5-day course. Experience hands-on forging on the Hofi-style anvil base. Limited to 10 participants. Oct 12-13: Advanced Toolmaking Weekend with Uri Hofi (Saturday - Sunday) Since his last sessions here, Hofi has been invited to re-engineer the traditional German metal arts education. He has also worked on his course in Toolmaking. In this 2-day weekend session you will make some of those tools to take home with you, and learn how to take your toolmaking skills back to your own workspace. Limited to 5 participants. Oct 14: Columbus Day Ironfest and Demos with Uri Hofi (Monday) Uri Hofi is modeling this holiday Ironfest after a one-day program he has done in Europe. There will be demos of ergonomic hand hammering, and use of the power hammer, interspersed with vintage Hofi stories, lunch with Hofi, and other festivities. Come for the day and stay for the ceremonial Ringing of the Anvil. $60 for the day includes lunch with Hofi. Please register ahead to secure a spot. Oct 16-18: Ergonomic Hammer Work with Uri Hofi (Wednesday through Friday) Three days of demonstration and hands-on time at your own Hofi-tooled anvil. Learn the efficient power stroke hammer swing to protect your body from repetitive motion injuries, different uses of the hammer and anvil surface, and the most productive ways to go about moving metal. Hofi looks at process and thinks about a faster or easier way to achieve the same outcome. If you’ve heard that “Get it hot and hit it hard” sums up blacksmithing, this class can boost your productivity and save your swinging arm for years ahead. A condensed and intensive version of Hofi’s well-known 5-day course. Limited to 10 participants. Oct 19-20: Power Hammer Weekend with Uri Hofi Uri Hofi’s traditional 5-day class is condensed into 2 days. Work with the combination and radius dies, designed by Hofi for their aggressive bite and their use in free-form forging. Demonstrations of techniques and elements, and plenty of hands-on time to try your own hand at the power hammer. Limited to 5 participants. Work-Trade Option: The Center for Metal Arts offers work-trade options to make taking a class possible. Talk to us. Center for Metal Arts, 44 Jayne Street, in the Village of Florida, in downstate NY.
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