The first Early New Mexico Punched Tin Work
course at UNM Extension taught by Ted & Ginny Arellanes
was today (Sat. Feb 28th.) What a blast!. Ted & Ginny were wonderful instructors; funny, informed, and encouraging, they spent the day teaching 13 of us to punch tin. The class started at 8AM and ended at 5PM with just a short break for lunch. A long day and an early start but the banging of 13 hammers kept things lively. We each made a sample disk (left) our own unique 6 inch circular night lamp (right) and a 12" by 20" mirror with frame (center), decorative corners and an optional crown. Ted & Ginny walked us through punching, stamping, crimping and soldering and shared a wealth of information covering both techniques and the history of this craft. They also have a studio and store
selling tin smithing supplies in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque.
The same class
is being offered on March 21, and again on May 16th and it looks like there's still room for more students on both dates if this sounds like fun to you. I'm hooked!