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*NEW* Dishing it OUT with Jymm Hoffman: Oct.23-27

"Dishing it OUT"
18th and 19th Century Cooking Utensils
Jymm Hoffman
Class runs: October 23-27
Tuition: $550
Material fee: $50
Skill level: Seasoned beginner or Intermediate and up, must have a minimum of beginners course.
3 spaces left as of 9/18 

     This course will focus on using sound hand forging processes and traditional hand tools and techniques in the most efficient manner. Specific techniques which will be disclosed I learned from my mentors as well as a few techniques which I have developed through the years as a means to avoid injury caused from bad technique and tricks to make this product lucrative.

     Our study of early American, 18th and 19th century examples and interpretations of these shapes will be put to use developing cooking utensils ranging from ladles and skimmers, forks and spatulas, trammels to trivets and frying pans. With the varied number and size of potential projects, instructor discretion will be based upon individual skill levels.

     This is an excellent skill building workshop with a lot of insight and opportunity, geared for the period re-enactor and anyone interested in using period cooking equipment in fire places or outdoor cooking? 




James A. (Jymm) Hoffman has a Bachelor's Degree in Museum Studies from Salem College, (now Salem-International University,) Salem, West Virginia, and has been a full time blacksmith from 1981 to 1988 and from 1990 to the present, specializing in museum quality reproductions and custom orders. Items range from cooking utensils and fireplace equipment to architectural hardware, lighting devices, and tools. Jymm continued his business on a part time basis from 1988 to 1990, while working at Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown, New York, as the Interpretive Programs Manager. Jymm was listed in the 1993 "200 Best Craftsmen" issue of Early American Life, and again in 1996, 1997, and 1998. When Jymm is not working in his shop in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, he can be seen throughout the northeastern part of the United States at various craft shows and historical re-enactments demonstrating his art with an authentic reproduction of an 18th century traveling forge. During the winter months, Jymm occasionally offers hands on instructions for those interested in learning the blacksmith’s trade in his shop in Ambridge. Jymm was chosen as one of the instructors at Touchstone Center for Crafts, in Farmington, PA, from 1998-2002. He was also chosen  as one of 4 featured demonstrators for their first “Hart Moore Hammer In” in 2002. In 2002, 2003, and 2004, Jymm received grants for teaching an apprentice with the Apprenticeship in Traditional Arts Program from the  Institute for Cultural Partnerships, and in 2002 a grant  from the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance to teach “at risk kids” at Pressely Ridge at Ohiopyle Wilderness Camp. These grants are in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency in the Governor’s Office of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

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