Hi gaetano russo. If you are in the NY area, one of the very best
places to learn about chasing would be to contact Valentin Yotkov.
Try a web search and you should easily find his website that will
list the classes he offers, including their dates and times.This man
is an absolute treasure! I just returned from taking an advanced
class with him and I’m sitting here astounded at the progress that I
have made with his direction and incredible patience.
Marcia Lewis has a book that may help you quite a bit. You can find
locations where you can purchase her book at her website:
www.chasingmetal.com. She also offers workshops which may be of
interest to you and they are also listed on the website.
You might also try accessing the Orchid Library and query the Search
box with “Chasing Tools” to look for several specific articles
(although there are several in the library that may be of interest on
chasing tools). One is entitled Basic notes on Chasing Tools and the
other is Making a Chasing or forming tool. Both were authored by
Charles Lewton-Brain. I found both were very helpful.
You’ll also find an article by Valentin Yotkov in the Library,
“Ornamental chasing and repouss=E9” that may also be of help.
Have fun! But beware…this stuff is very addictive! I
routinely end up thinking of Valentin as "that &^ Bulgarian drug
pusher! I really believe that chasing and repousse MUST activate
specific receptors in my brain. I could swear that many times at the
end of the day I’ve called it quits only to find my fingers 'itching’
to go back, grab a tool, and just ‘touch up’ this one tiny area. Hah!
Hours later my husband knows exactly which room he can find me
in…all he has to do is follow the sound of tapping.