Design: A Blow by Blow Approach with Tim McCreight

Design: A Blow by Blow Approach with Tim McCreight

92 minutes

Taught by renowned jewelry artist and author of The Complete Metalsmith,Tim McCreight, this class focuses on the use of hammers and impact tools to design and develop form.

Tim says, "A few years ago I started playing a game in the studio, using a striking motion as the preferred way to accomplish any task. Chisels replaced my sawframe; the design process depended as much on a hammer as a pencil. The process led me along paths I hadn't expected, and taught me a new appreciation for chance and spontaneity. I'd be happy to share my experience with you."

Listen and watch as Tim shares his thought process and personal images that narrate his unique creative journey.

This is a CraftCast Vintage Video, created before it was possible to incorporate High Definition video, as we do today. How far we have come in such a short time!

Watch and listen as Tim teaches you the use of hammers and impact tools to design and develop form. Using close-up photographs of each step of the process, plus Tim's detailed instruction, you’ll be creating using his techniques in no time!

Class was recorded live so, just like in more recent videos, you’ll hear the live Q&A with other students.

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Tim McCreight is a metalsmith, designer, author, and teacher. He has been working in metals since 1970 and along the way has published two dozen books and made six videos. He is a Past-President of SNAG, and has served on the boards of Haystack, the American Craft Council and the PMC Guild. He has taught workshops in the U.S., England, Canada, Mexico, Norway, and Japan. He writes for several magazines and runs a publishing company in Maine called Brynmorgen Press.

Covered In This Class: 

Tim's personal creative process

Materials Used In This Class: 
  • selections of metals
  • wires
  • variety of hammers

Included with your video is a full-color PDF class handout with teacher's tips, notes and links to all the resources you need to get started.

Please note: this is not a stand-alone guide but simply a quick-reference for your convenience.