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!

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Comment by andrea on March 10, 2009 at 11:28am
THANKS for this info! I would love to try this!
Comment by Kimm on March 11, 2009 at 7:41pm
Within 10 minutes of the start of the (very hands-on) class we were all turning to each other with big huge smiles on our faces. This was SO much fun and really easy to make some first projects that actually ended up looking nice. Some crafters who usually worked with more intricate crafts were jazzed with how easy to learn and satisfying tin punching is.

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