I am interested in learning how to use a lathe/mill. Does anyone
know some good workshops that teach lathing(sp?) and milling this
I’m very pleased to announce upcoming workshops that I’ve been
wanting to take for years!
Micro- Machining Workshop with Phil Poirier - 5 days
(9-5) September 26- 30, Mon- Fri, Wolf Designs, Portland, Maine
This 5-day, hands-on, Lathe and Milling Workshop will explore the
wide range of possibilities available to jewelers, silversmiths, and
artists. Topics include safety, work-holding techniques, when and how
to use the different types of chucks and collets, alignment of the
lathe and mill, and dealing with handwheels and backlash.
Intermediate topics include ornamental turning using a T-rest, the
shaping of the T-rest gravers, standard lathe tools and their
holders, knurling for decorative effects, and threading. Advanced
topics include stone setting, tool making, milling and drilling
rings, use of the rotary table, ornamental turning and flycutting and
their patterns, introduction to CNC, and lots of machine tricks!
Hands-on will be emphasized with practical application exercises-
such as stone-setting dies, expanding arbors for rings, and
multi-stone ring blanks. A 30 page book will be included for each
Tool making and the heat-treating of steels - 1 day (9-5)
October 1, Sat, Wolf Designs, Portland, Maine
This one-day class is an extension of the micromachining Workshop.
Students will learn to harden and temper steel to the proper
hardness. The many alloys of tool steels and their heat treatments
for tools and dies will be discussed with an emphasis on their
intended uses for all facets of jewelry making. There will be
demonstrations of hand-carving conforming dies for forming precious
metals. Many samples and examples will be shown and explained in
G. Phil Poirier is a master gem cutter and goldsmith residing near
Taos, NM. He is the inventor of small scale deep-draw techniques
utilizing the hydraulic press for studio metalsmiths and authored the
book- Deep Drawing for Metalsmiths. Phil presented his paper Tooling
for the Press and Press Operations at the 2003 Santa Fe Symposium.
Phil has been teaching workshops throughout the US and abroad since
1991. Visit www.poirierstudio.com to see more of Phil’s work and view
his list of Gallery and Museum shows.
Have a great day!
Kate Wolf, In snowy Portland Maine
Workshops at Wolf Designs