Stamp It Out: Tool Making

Course Description

About this course

The focus of this workshop is to use heat to anneal, forge, shape, temper, and harden tool steel. Students will learn to make small tools that can be used for chasing, stamping, texturing, and more. With these tools, everyone will learn methods of bringing a variety of textures and visual interest to the surfaces of metal. Every student will leave the class with a set of handmade tools and samples.

To promote safe working conditions, class will meet for 3 hours on September 3rd and 3 hours on September 4th. 

Meet the Instructor

William Vanaria

William Vanaria is a Massachusetts based artist with a penchant for oddball materials. His work utilizes traditional metalsmithing techniques and a wide verity of non-traditional materials to produce jewelry which both questions and comments on notions of romanticism, value, fakery, and the hierarchy of materials present within modern day consumer culture. Through his work he pushes for a broader system of value which has been formulated though experience, consideration, and critical thinking.

William received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing" in 2012. Afterwards, he spent time working within the jewelry industry and volunteering as a teacher's assistant for various art institutions. He found that the latter was much more fulfilling, so he went on to further his education within the arts and to pursue a career in teaching. William received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth in 2016; once again with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing."


Materials & Tools 

There is a $40 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit include copper, assorted grits of sand paper, and assorted dimensions of W1 tool steel. 

Students should bring 

Metalwerx has most tools needed for this class, however if you have some favorite tools, please feel free to bring them. Other general supplies should include: tool box for your materials, ruler, sharpies, a sketchbook, pens and pencils.



Materials Cost



William Vanaria


September 3 -4, 2020


10:00 AM -1:00 PM


2 days

All Levels
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