Beginning Fly Tying

Fly Tying Workshop

July 11-14, 2016  

6:30-8:30 p.m.

This workshop will run for four evenings—two hours each. Tuition is $120, which includes all materials and use of the shop vises.

Students may bring their own tools if they wish.  Class will cover beginning basics of tying and proceed as far as students are able to advance.

Instructor, Craig Stevens, has taken his love of fly tying and fly fishing and turned them into works of art.  Limited to a maximum of six students.

Classes will meet at:
Tee’s Me Treat Me
105 West Main St.
Trinidad, CO 81082

For further information or to register, contact Donna at 719-846-5541 or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu

 

 

Decorative Metal Inlay

Week of July 25, Monday through Friday 8 – 5

 

Decorative Metal Inlay class with Jack Brooks

Tuition for this class is $650

 

Gun stocks on fine 18th century firearms were often decorated with inlays of brass, silver, or even gold. Some inlays were shaped from sheet metal and inlaid into the wood while other work was done by inlaying ribbons of metal creating delicate patterns which is often called “wire inlay”. Also the two techniques were sometimes combined along with engraved accents with beautiful effect.

 

In this class students will learn how to do this type of traditional decoration. Each student will be provided practice pieces of maple or walnut for their inlay work. Attention will be paid to design, tools, technique, simple engraving, and wood finish.

Jack Brooks was born in Colorado, graduated from Englewood High School in 1966, and attended University of Northern Colorado where he majored in chemistry (BA 1970 and MA 1972). He built his first flintlock rifle in 1971. After working four years as a chemist he began making flintlock rifles full time in 1976. Besides making new rifles, pistols, and fowlers; he began collecting and restoring antique Kentucky rifles. This gave Jack the opportunity to study firsthand the finest examples of 18th and 19th century American longrifles. His interest in Kentucky rifles began when a child with Walt Disney’s Davy Crockett TV series and John Wayne’s movie “The Alamo”. Many years later Jack, along with friends Bob Lienemann and Mike Branson, were asked to make 14 guns for the 2004 remake of “The Alamo” movie.   Jack’s work has been displayed at The Smithsonian Institute, the NRA Museum, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. His guns have also been featured in several magazines and books. Jack has authored many magazine articles and has taught several years at the annual Gunsmith Seminar of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association.

 

 

Metal Inlay Tool list

 

Tools and Materials List

 

drill bits in following sizes: No. 68, 65, 56, 55, 53, and 52

small hand drill electric or hand with chuck that will take above drill bit sizes

scissors

small dividers (4-6”)

10” mill file

4” mill file

small ( 3 or 4oz) ball peen hammer

1 mm wood chisel

2 mm wood chisel

5 mm wood chisel

pair of small pliers

pair of small nippers

metal scribe

pencil

candle for sooting

jeweler’s saw

2 dozen #1 saw blades for jeweler’s saw

metal counter sink

12” metal straight edge rule

3 bench stones (course, medium, and fine)

leather strop

Semi Chrome polish

small pocket or pen knife

wet dry sand paper for metal (220, 320, 400, 600, 800, 1000 grits)

square graver and chasing hammer for engraving

round sterling silver wire, two feet of each of these three sizes: 19 gauge, 16 gauge, and 14 gauge

2” by 6” piece of sterling silver 22 gauge ( a good source for silver is Rio Grande Jewelry, Albuquerque, NM 87121, phone 800-545-6566, web www.riogrande.com)

If you have questions call Jack Brooks at 303-789-4029.

Canceled — Three-piece Belt Buckles

This class has been canceled.

 

Three-piece Belt Buckles

$375

 

Students will learn to design and make a steel buckle, keeper and tip. Techniques for mounting decorative designs made of copper, nickel, or brass on buckles or spurs will also be covered.

Frank {Buddy} Knight was raised on a ranch south of Marfa, Texas and learned from his father and grandfather to appreciate quality gear. Early on he wanted to work with his hands and spur making was a perfect fit. He built his first pair of spurs in the Vocational Agriculture Shop at Marfa High School when he was fourteen.

His work has been displayed at The Trappings of Texas in The Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University Alpine, Texas, at The Western Folk Life Center in Elko Nevada, The Cowboy Classic in Phoenix Arizona, and The Trappings on the Llano at the Llano County Historical Museum in Llano, Texas. He demonstrated spur making at the 25th Texas State Folk Life Festival at the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio, Texas.

Today Buddy operates a shop in Marfa, Texas. He produces bits, spurs, silver buckles, jewelry, and some ornamental iron.

Buddy Knight    

Tools

  • 6” or 8” half round files
  • 6” or 8” flat file
  • Jewelers saw with 2/0, 3/0, or 4/0 saw blades
  • Hacksaw
  • Small ball peen hammer

Materials

 

  1. StaSilv or High force 44 solder with flux from Brownells or Indian jewelers supply
  2. 22 gauge nickel silver, copper or brass, sheet from Indian jewelers supply
  3. 22 gauge mild steel sheet from Metal Fab Products in Odessa TX
  4. 16 gauge mild steel sheet
  5. 1/8” steel strap at least 3” wide and 6” long
  6. 5/32” steel rod

Canceled — Powder Horns

This class has been canceled.

 

Powder Horns

$375

 

This hands-on intensive course will instruct participants through the basics and many advanced techniques of North American powder horn making and the application of scrimshaw, engrailing, and other structural and embellishment techniques. Selection and preparation of various horn materials, as well as layout and the execution of various techniques and designs will be covered. While exotic and international powder horn styles will be covered, the emphasis will be on the skilled creation of the North American style powder horn. In today’s world of powder horns, the North American style is the one most sought after by collectors and black powder shooters. Special artistic ability or experience is NOT needed to succeed in this class. Skills learned will be applicable in either personal or professional pursuits.

Jim Stevens is a world renowned scrimshander, writer and artist. He has been commissioned to create works of art for collectors throughout the world.   Jim brings his expertise and his no-fail attitude with him to inspire all who attend his classes, paving the way for all to express themselves in a media that warms the soul. No other art form in American has a longer history. No other expression of art has such significance or influence on the American spirit.

stevens@scrimshawstudio.comwww.scrimshawstudio.com

 

SCRIMSHAW AND POWDER HORN CLASSES TOOL/SUPPLY LIST

 

The most expensive item on the following list is less than $40. I have purchased everything on the list and spent less than $100. All the items are small enough to carry in your luggage (don’t pack liquids or aerosol cans) but it is still easier to buy what you can from the College supply store. Everyone will be given time on our first day to go to the supply store and purchase materials.

 

The College has a first-class tool, art and office supply store on campus. It is called “The Trek-Inn Bookstore”, phone 719-846-5610. Their prices seem to be equal to or less than prices on the outside. Also, buying at the school store can definitely save you a lot of shopping or packing time. You can even give them a call ahead of time and let them know what you need so you can be assured they will have what you want when you arrive. If you already have any of these items, bring them. There’s no need to repeat your purchases.

 

Where to shop, source index:

(You can always order materials from the Internet if you prefer.) a=school store, b=local art store or jewelry supply store or hardware store, c=local supermarket, d=local department store (like Walmart or Kmart)

 

MATERIALS FOR BOTH SCRIMSHAW AND POWDER HORN CLASSES

Source             Item

a, b                  One hobby knife handle (ie: X-Acto knife) (with rubber grip if you prefer)

a, b                  Package of 5, #11 hobby knife blades

a, b                  One small tube of Titanium White artist’s oil paint

a, b                  One small tube of Ivory Black artist’s oil paint

a,b                   One #2 pencil

a, b                  One black aquarellable pencil (Stabilo or other brand)

a, b                  One white aquarellable pencil (Stabilo or other brand)

a, b                  One pencil sharpener (small hand held type)

a, b                  One roll of transparent tape

a, b                  One pair of scissors

a, b                  One pink eraser

a, b                  A clear plastic ruler (6 inches long is fine)

a, b                  One small can of spray adhesive

a, b                  One small bottle of rubbing alcohol

a, b                  One small pair of pliers

a, b                  One headband magnifier (ie: Opti-visor) (see note below)

a, b                  Three sheets each of #400 and #600 wet/dry sandpaper

a, b                  One package of .0000 steel wool pads

a, b                  One paper dust mask (to use while sanding and polishing)

a, b                  Safety glasses or goggles (required in school’s tool shops)

c,                     One small package of facial tissue

c,                     One package of assorted fine point, hand sewing needles

c,                     One small package of cotton swabs (Q-tip or other brand)

d,                     One small flexible-neck desk lamp. (see lighting note below)

a, b                  One double-ended reversible pin vise (one end with zero minimum capacity)

 

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS ONLY FOR POWDER HORN CLASS

b,d                   Hand-held rotary tool with set of small ball bits

(Rotary tools by WEN, Black & Decker, and others as low as $20 on Amazon.com)

b,d                   Set of small hobby hand files (usually comes in set of 6 miniature files in variety of shapes)

a, b                  Three sheets each of #100, #250, #350 wet/dry sandpaper

 

The Scrimshaw and Powder Horn materials in-class fee is $12. This covers the cost of ivory, Tagua vegetable ivory, cattle horn, black buffalo horn, and other materials that I will have on hand for special in-class projects. This is the only in-class fee. I will have all these materials on hand when you arrive.

 

Headband Magnifier Note:  If you have one, bring it. For those buying one for the first time, Opti-visors headband magnifiers are one of the few that come with a choice of lenses. Lens powers are designated by the numbers 3,5,7, and10. A #3 lens is 1x magnification and allows you to work about 14 inches from your material. Not much bending, but frankly not much help either. A #5 is 2x magnification and allows you to work about 8 inches from your material. I find this is fine for most work. A #10 gives 3x magnification but only about 4 inches of work distance. This is great for minute details but can be hard on the back over long periods of time. I use a #5 Opti-visor lens for general work and switch to a #10 for those times when I need the extra power for very fine details. I guess the best advice I can give new buyers is to get what you think will work the best for you and what fits your budget.

 

Other Types of Magnification:  We will talk about opti-visors, microscopes, thread counters, combination lamp/magnifiers, jewelers loupes, binocular loupes and other types of magnifiers during the course. If you already use any of these magnifiers (or another) and are comfortable and enjoy using what you have, go ahead and bring it.

 

Lighting (desk lamp note):  Our classroom has good overhead light, however you’ll soon learn that you need additional lighting on your bench. This is why a desk lamp is on the materials list. Your lamp should have a flexible neck and use a regular incandescent or low power tungsten bulb. What you want is a lamp whose light can be positioned at a very low angle to the bench, with the back of the lamp pointed towards you while reflecting light off the material you are working on.

 

Other Items:  (Not required but nice. Bring them if you can.) Plastic box for your tools and supplies. Notebook and pen (For taking notes during discussions). Seat cushion for your stool (they are hard). Three old hand towels (to pad your work and your elbows and for wiping your fingers). Also bring any additional tools and/or supplies you feel you may want or need, any artwork or pictures you would like to work from, and a file folder for holding handouts.

 

Scrimshaw Class Final Project: For your final project you will need to purchase and bring with you the material you want to use. If you do not bring your own material for your final project, you may select from what I will have on hand.

I have no business relationship with them, but The Boone Trading Company is a reputable company that has any material you may want for your final project. Their number is 1-800-423-1945. You can go online to review their materials. Their web address is: http://www.boonetrading.com/. Your final piece should be a belt buckle, pendant, money clip, or similar item. I recommend a flat blank rather than a domed cabochon, since domed cabochons are harder for beginners, but a domed cabochon will still be okay if that is what you prefer. Also, for pendants, order a pendant at least 30-40mm in length.

 

Powder Horn Class Final Project: For your final project, I will have horns and materials on-hand. You may bring your own horn if you have one you want to use instead.

I have no business relationship with them, but Powderhorns and More, Inc. is a reputable company that has any material you may want for your final project. You can go online to review their materials. Their web address is: http://www.powderhornsandmore.com.

 

Decorative Gun Stock Carving with Jack Brooks

Week of July 18, Monday through Friday 8 -5

Cost: $650

 This five day class will be a study of traditional decorative carving as found on 18th century American flintlock rifles. Students will learn to carve both incise and relief designs in the manner of old masters from Christian’s Spring, Lancaster, and Allentown, Pennsylvania. Jack will furnish practice butt stock pieces that each student will carve and be able to take home as future reference. Students will need their own set of carving tools which will be listed below.

Jack Brooks was born in Colorado, graduated from Englewood High School in 1966, and attended University of Northern Colorado where he majored in chemistry (BA 1970 and MA 1972). He built his first flintlock rifle in 1971. After working four years as a chemist he began making flintlock rifles full time in 1976. Besides making new rifles, pistols, and fowlers; he began collecting and restoring antique Kentucky rifles. This gave Jack the opportunity to study firsthand the finest examples of 18th and 19th century American longrifles. His interest in Kentucky rifles began when a child with Walt Disney’s Davy Crockett TV series and John Wayne’s movie “The Alamo”. Many years later Jack, along with friends Bob Lienemann and Mike Branson, were asked to make 14 guns for the 2004 remake of “The Alamo” movie.   Jack’s work has been displayed at The Smithsonian Institute, the NRA Museum, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. His guns have also been featured in several magazines and books. Jack has authored many magazine articles and has taught several years at the annual Gunsmith Seminar of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association.

 

 

Carving Tool list

 

Wood carving gouges ( Swiss Made from Woodcraft recommended):

2mm No. 7

4mm No.7

6mm No. 7

10mm No. 7

18mm No. 7

20mm No.5

12mm No.3

2mm No. 9

2mm No. 1

5mm No. 1

8mm No.1

cabinet scraper

steel hand burnisher

raw hide or wooden mallet

three bench stones for sharpening (coarse, medium, and hard)

leather strop ( 3” by 12” piece of saddle leather will work)

desk lamp or work light

pencil and paper

Spur Making

Week of July 18, Monday through Friday 8 – 5

Spur Making

$375

 

Students will begin with pattern development and continue through the various processes of spur making. These include jig and fixture design and construction. Fabrication of spur parts, welding, grinding, sanding and finishing. Spurs built in this class should be of a simple design to allow time to complete the project.

Prerequisite: Tig welding skills are an asset, however they are not required.

Frank {Buddy} Knight was raised on a ranch south of Marfa, Texas and learned from his father and grandfather to appreciate quality gear. Early on he wanted to work with his hands and spur making was a perfect fit. He built his first pair of spurs in the Vocational Agriculture Shop at Marfa High School when he was fourteen.

His work has been displayed at The Trappings of Texas in The Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University Alpine, Texas, at The Western Folk Life Center in Elko Nevada, The Cowboy Classic in Phoenix Arizona, and The Trappings on the Llano at the Llano County Historical Museum in Llano, Texas. He demonstrated spur making at the 25th Texas State Folk Life Festival at the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio, Texas.

Today Buddy operates a shop in Marfa, Texas. He produces bits, spurs, silver buckles, jewelry, and some ornamental iron.

 

 

Buddy Knight  

 

List of tools needed for spur making class

  1. Jewelers saw
  2. 2/0 or 4/0 jewelers saw blades — about a dozen
  3. Assorted files with handles
  4. 6” or 8” half round
  5. 6” square
  6. 6’ or 8” three square slim taper— 2nd cut
  7. 8” or 10” flat
  8. 4” half round or flat
  9. 8 “ or 10” round
  10. Hack saw
  11. Layout dye
  12. Scribe
  13. Ball peen hammer
  14. Stick or spray glue
  15. 6” or 12” steel rule

Tools good to have but not necessary

  1. Dye grinder with 3/8” radius end burr
  2. Dremel tool with 3/8” or ¼” sanding drum and 60 grit sanding bands

 

Materials needed to build spurs

1 Heel band material

3/16” X ¾” or 1” or 1 ¼ x 8 ¼” long strap

2 Hanger materials

1/16” x ½” X 3” strap

Rowel blanks ¾”   1”   1 ¼ ”   1 ½

I buy these thing at:

Metal Fab Products

PO Box 14367

Odessa TX 79768

432 362 3617

 

Shank materials

2 options

3/8” X 2” or ½ X 2” mild steel bar stock

Can be purchased at any metal supply store

 

Button materials

Truss head rivets

¼” X ½” and 5/16” X ½” — 2 each

I buy rivets at:

RJ Leahy Co.

1475 Yosemite Ave.

San Francisco, CA 94124

415 861 7161

Scrimshaw

Week of July 11, Monday through Friday 8 – 5

 

Scrimshaw

(course counts toward the Gunsmithing Fine Arts Certificate)

$375 or 2 credits

 

Learn the Art of Scrimshaw one-on-one with Jim Stevens. You do not need an interest in Gunsmithing to take this course. The techniques taught are the same for anyone wanting to learn how to create beautiful scrimshaw on ivory, resins, and powder horns. An intensive, hands-on course taught by artist, sculptor, and scrimshander Jim Stevens. Jim Stevens is a world renowned scrimshander, writer and artist. He has three books published on scrimshaw techniques, has been commissioned to create works for collectors throughout the world, and is a Kennedy Center Registered VSA Artist in both the visual and literary arts. Jim brings his expertise and his no-fail attitude to inspire all who attend his classes. No other art form in American has a longer history. No other expression of art has such significance or influence on the American spirit.

Jim Stevens is a world renowned scrimshander, writer and artist. He has been commissioned to create works of art for collectors throughout the world.   Jim brings his expertise and his no-fail attitude with him to inspire all who attend his classes, paving the way for all to express themselves in a media that warms the soul. No other art form in American has a longer history. No other expression of art has such significance or influence on the American spirit.

stevens@scrimshawstudio.comwww.scrimshawstudio.com

 

SCRIMSHAW AND POWDER HORN CLASSES TOOL/SUPPLY LIST

 

The most expensive item on the following list is less than $40. I have purchased everything on the list and spent less than $100. All the items are small enough to carry in your luggage (don’t pack liquids or aerosol cans) but it is still easier to buy what you can from the College supply store. Everyone will be given time on our first day to go to the supply store and purchase materials.

 

The College has a first-class tool, art and office supply store on campus. It is called “The Trek-Inn Bookstore”, phone 719-846-5610. Their prices seem to be equal to or less than prices on the outside. Also, buying at the school store can definitely save you a lot of shopping or packing time. You can even give them a call ahead of time and let them know what you need so you can be assured they will have what you want when you arrive. If you already have any of these items, bring them. There’s no need to repeat your purchases.

 

Where to shop, source index:

(You can always order materials from the Internet if you prefer.) a=school store, b=local art store or jewelry supply store or hardware store, c=local supermarket, d=local department store (like Walmart or Kmart)

 

MATERIALS FOR BOTH SCRIMSHAW AND POWDER HORN CLASSES

Source             Item

a, b                  One hobby knife handle (ie: X-Acto knife) (with rubber grip if you prefer)

a, b                  Package of 5, #11 hobby knife blades

a, b                  One small tube of Titanium White artist’s oil paint

a, b                  One small tube of Ivory Black artist’s oil paint

a,b                   One #2 pencil

a, b                  One black aquarellable pencil (Stabilo or other brand)

a, b                  One white aquarellable pencil (Stabilo or other brand)

a, b                  One pencil sharpener (small hand held type)

a, b                  One roll of transparent tape

a, b                  One pair of scissors

a, b                  One pink eraser

a, b                  A clear plastic ruler (6 inches long is fine)

a, b                  One small can of spray adhesive

a, b                  One small bottle of rubbing alcohol

a, b                  One small pair of pliers

a, b                  One headband magnifier (ie: Opti-visor) (see note below)

a, b                  Three sheets each of #400 and #600 wet/dry sandpaper

a, b                  One package of .0000 steel wool pads

a, b                  One paper dust mask (to use while sanding and polishing)

a, b                  Safety glasses or goggles (required in school’s tool shops)

c,                     One small package of facial tissue

c,                     One package of assorted fine point, hand sewing needles

c,                     One small package of cotton swabs (Q-tip or other brand)

d,                     One small flexible-neck desk lamp. (see lighting note below)

a, b                  One double-ended reversible pin vise (one end with zero minimum capacity)

 

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS ONLY FOR POWDER HORN CLASS

b,d                   Hand-held rotary tool with set of small ball bits

(Rotary tools by WEN, Black & Decker, and others as low as $20 on Amazon.com)

b,d                   Set of small hobby hand files (usually comes in set of 6 miniature files in variety of shapes)

a, b                  Three sheets each of #100, #250, #350 wet/dry sandpaper

 

The Scrimshaw and Powder Horn materials in-class fee is $12. This covers the cost of ivory, Tagua vegetable ivory, cattle horn, black buffalo horn, and other materials that I will have on hand for special in-class projects. This is the only in-class fee. I will have all these materials on hand when you arrive.

 

Headband Magnifier Note:  If you have one, bring it. For those buying one for the first time, Opti-visors headband magnifiers are one of the few that come with a choice of lenses. Lens powers are designated by the numbers 3,5,7, and10. A #3 lens is 1x magnification and allows you to work about 14 inches from your material. Not much bending, but frankly not much help either. A #5 is 2x magnification and allows you to work about 8 inches from your material. I find this is fine for most work. A #10 gives 3x magnification but only about 4 inches of work distance. This is great for minute details but can be hard on the back over long periods of time. I use a #5 Opti-visor lens for general work and switch to a #10 for those times when I need the extra power for very fine details. I guess the best advice I can give new buyers is to get what you think will work the best for you and what fits your budget.

 

Other Types of Magnification:  We will talk about opti-visors, microscopes, thread counters, combination lamp/magnifiers, jewelers loupes, binocular loupes and other types of magnifiers during the course. If you already use any of these magnifiers (or another) and are comfortable and enjoy using what you have, go ahead and bring it.

 

Lighting (desk lamp note):  Our classroom has good overhead light, however you’ll soon learn that you need additional lighting on your bench. This is why a desk lamp is on the materials list. Your lamp should have a flexible neck and use a regular incandescent or low power tungsten bulb. What you want is a lamp whose light can be positioned at a very low angle to the bench, with the back of the lamp pointed towards you while reflecting light off the material you are working on.

 

Other Items:  (Not required but nice. Bring them if you can.) Plastic box for your tools and supplies. Notebook and pen (For taking notes during discussions). Seat cushion for your stool (they are hard). Three old hand towels (to pad your work and your elbows and for wiping your fingers). Also bring any additional tools and/or supplies you feel you may want or need, any artwork or pictures you would like to work from, and a file folder for holding handouts.

 

Scrimshaw Class Final Project: For your final project you will need to purchase and bring with you the material you want to use. If you do not bring your own material for your final project, you may select from what I will have on hand.

I have no business relationship with them, but The Boone Trading Company is a reputable company that has any material you may want for your final project. Their number is 1-800-423-1945. You can go online to review their materials. Their web address is: http://www.boonetrading.com/. Your final piece should be a belt buckle, pendant, money clip, or similar item. I recommend a flat blank rather than a domed cabochon, since domed cabochons are harder for beginners, but a domed cabochon will still be okay if that is what you prefer. Also, for pendants, order a pendant at least 30-40mm in length.

 

Powder Horn Class Final Project: For your final project, I will have horns and materials on-hand. You may bring your own horn if you have one you want to use instead.

I have no business relationship with them, but Powderhorns and More, Inc. is a reputable company that has any material you may want for your final project. You can go online to review their materials. Their web address is: http://www.powderhornsandmore.com.

Hat Making with Tom Hirt

Week of July 11, Monday through Friday 8 – 5

Cost: $375

Students will learn to use the equipment and techniques to make a hat with products that most people have or can readily get from home.  Students will learn how to shape the hat by hand, ironing of the brim, sizing and hand cutting of the brim, hand pouncing and hand finishing the crown . If time allows, the class may touch on hat binding and trim  by hand.  Students will leave class with a completed hat and the skills needed to practice  what they learned at home and make additional hats with supplies they have on hand.    Tom will provide a hat box with all the tools and materials needed for each student.  This class has some down time while waiting for processes to complete.  To fill this time, students may bring a hat in need of repair and/or plan to make a second hat as time permits.

Tom Hirt is old-fashioned guy who does things the old fashioned way.  You might call him a throw-back to a bygone era-that time when cowboys and craftsmen took care of business with their hands.  Hirt continues that tradition to this day as a hat maker who makes superior-quality beaver felt hats one at a time by hand.  Known as the hat maker for the movies, he has designed hats for many famous clients including Val Kilmer, Sam Elliot, and Sharon Stone.  His credits include Tombstone, the Quick and the Dead, Conagher, and many others.  After almost 20 years, he is considered one of the West’s most notable and most established hatters.

http://www.hatsofthewest.com     info@tomhirt.com  719-372-9399

 

Tool/Supply list

 

Students will need to register no later than May 30th in order for Tom to get the materials he will need for the class. Students should contact Tom at the number above to get a complete list of other supplies [at students expense] they need to bring and provide their hat size for ordering the block, etc.  Students will reimburse Tom for the cost of supplies and should contact him for pricing and to provide hat size information.

 

Gun Leather II

Week of June 20, Monday through Friday 8 – 5

Gun Leather II

$375

 

Gunleather II has been created to expand methods and techniques learned by students in Basic Holstermaking. This class will take students to the next level of gunleather constructions. Students will review principles learned in Basic Holstermaking with emphasis on development of a gunbelt, holster, and associated leather for a complete gun rig. The remainder of the class will give students the latitude to develop projects of their choice associated with guns, knives, and cartridge retention. Students will be required to provide their own firearms and knives for project development.

Robert (Bob) Calkins is an active shooter, hunter and firearms collector who has made gun leather for himself, friends, and customers for over 50 years. In 1990, he and his wife, LaVon, decided to establish 3 Cross Custom Gunleather as a part-time business. Upon retiring from the Department of the Interior in 1994, gunleather became a full-time occupation. Bob crafts gun rigs for cowboy competitors, which has included State, National, and World Champion shooters. Hunters, outdoorsmen, casual shooters, and concealed-carry holders, make up the balance of his business.

At age 75, Bob has cut back on working hours, but still produces several holsters and gun belts every week. In his opinion, there are numerous good leather craftsmen. However, he believes an individual with a true appreciation of firearms and their use is essential to building a truly functional piece of gun leather.

Bob Calkins   505-598-0208 (h) 505-716-3231 (c) or three.cross@hotmail.com

 

Bob Calkins

 

Gun Leather Tool List

 

Quality leather will be made available to students through the college bookstore. Costs will be based on projects to be developed. TSJC Bookstore – please contact Sandra Rodman at 719-846-5610 for information

Needles, thread, oil, stamping tools, etc. will be furnished at no charge by the instructor.

  • ¼” light weight electric drill
  • Dremel tool with sanding drums
  • Clear safety glasses
  • Sponge and quart size water container (large butter tub is great)
  • Straight edge ruler
  • 16: x 20” piece of ¾” plywood with smooth side
  • Exacto knife with blades
  • Rawhide #4 Mallet (such as Tandy #3300-04)
  • Craft Tool Leather Shears (such as Tandy #3050-00)
  • Grooving tool (such as Tandy 8074-00)
  • Edging tool (such as Tandy #8077-03 or Osborne #127-4 preferred)
  • Craft tool Overstitcher #6 (such as Tandy 8079-06)
  • #14 Punch (such as Tandy 3777-14)
  • #9 Punch (such as Tandy 3777-9)
  • 12” x 12” Granite piece (minimum 1” thick)

Introductory Hand Engraving or Engraving Problems

Week of June 20, Monday through Friday 8 – 5

Introductory Hand Engraving – or-

Engraving Problems/Alumni Engraving Course

$380 or 3 credits

 

For information on the Introductory Hand Engraving Course, please refer to week 2 (June 6th) above

 

Engraving Problems/Alumni Engraving:

This course is designed for students that have completed the Introductory Hand Engraving and Advanced Hand Engraving courses. It is an individualized course that will focus on specific needs of the student. Students can bring projects that they would like to get assistance with and specialized instruction. Students that register for this course should contact the instructor prior to the beginning of the class so that appropriate instructional arrangements can be made.

Dr. Michael J. Pierson has been an academic administrator and taught technical subjects in a university setting for over 35 years. He has been engraving for 24 years, was trained by Frank Hendricks, and is a member of the Firearms Engraver’s Guild of America. He is proficient with both the hammer and chisel and pneumatic engraving techniques and a wide variety scroll patterns.

 

 

 

Dr. Michael J. Pierson

 

Engraving Course Tool List

 

Required tools and supplies:

  1. Chasing hammer, 1-1/8″ face from NGraver or GRS
  2. Four 3/32” carbalt XD blanks from Lindsay
  3. #7, #12, #20 straight liners in standard width from NGraver or #18-10 and                                     #24-10 straight liners from GRS
  4. Steel ruler, 6 inch
  5. Dividers
  6. Scribe
  7. Ellipse template #20750 from Drafting Steals
  8. Circle template #20724 from Drafting Steals
  9. Stabilio # 8008 pencilfrom Amazon
  10. Curved burnisher from Amazon
  11. Dot punch set, No. 1,2,3 from NGraver or beading tool #10, #15, and #22                                      from GRS
  12. Optivisor, #3 lens from GRS

13.       Talcum powder

  1. Clear packaging tape
  2. Money clip, nickel silver spring tempered from Ngraver
  3. One tube of oil based black etching ink from Faust or Eckersleys
  4. Stainless tool holder for 3/32” graver blanks from Lindsay
  5. Wet/dry silicon carbide sandpaper (220,320, & 400 grit)
  6. Palm push adjustable length graver from Lindsay
  7. 3/16” brass punch from MSC
  8. 3/16” steel punch from MSC
  9. Carbide bur set #004-511 from GRS

 

Contact information for tool and supply sources:

GRS Tools
Web site: www.grstools.com

 

The Ngraver Company

Web site: Ngraver.com

 

Lindsay Engraving and Tools

Web site: Lindsayengraving.com

 

Rudolph Faust, Inc.

Web site: faustink.com

 

Eckersley’s Arts and Crafts

eckersleys.com

 

MSC Industrial Supply

Web site: mscdirect.com

Leather Holster Making

Week of June 13, Monday through Friday 8-5

Leather Holster Making

$375

 

This class has been created to teach students how to construct quality gunleather using methods and techniques requiring a minimum number of leather tools. Since the work is by hand (no sewing machines, etc.) reasonable hand strength and dexterity is necessary for class participation.

Students will learn the methods I used to design, layout, stitch, wet mold, edge, burnish, apply oil or antique finish, and basket stamp holsters. As the class progresses, each student will construct two holsters for guns of their choice. I would suggest a pancake holster for a semi auto (model 1911’s are great) as well as a revolver holster of either a conventional or western design. You will have the opportunity to basket stamp one of these holsters if you so desire. Students may wish to bring two personal handguns to use in constructing these holsters (no scoped handguns, please). If time permits, we will discuss construction of gunbelts, cartridge loop sewing, magazine cases, saddle scabbards, and knife sheaths.

Robert (Bob) Calkins is an active shooter, hunter and firearms collector who has made gun leather for himself, friends, and customers for over 50 years. In 1990, he and his wife, LaVon, decided to establish 3 Cross Custom Gunleather as a part-time business. Upon retiring from the Department of the Interior in 1994, gunleather became a full-time occupation. Bob crafts gun rigs for cowboy competitors, which has included State, National, and World Champion shooters. Hunters, outdoorsmen, casual shooters, and concealed-carry holders, make up the balance of his business.

At age 75, Bob has cut back on working hours, but still produces several holsters and gun belts every week. In his opinion, there are numerous good leather craftsmen. However, he believes an individual with a true appreciation of firearms and their use is essential to building a truly functional piece of gun leather.

Bob Calkins   505-598-0208 (h) 505-716-3231 (c) or three.cross@hotmail.com

 

Bob Calkins

 

 

 

Leather Holster Making Tool List

 

Quality leather will be made available to students through the college bookstore. Costs will be based on projects to be developed. TSJC Bookstore – please contact Sandra Rodman at 719-846-5610 for information

Needles, thread, oil, stamping tools, etc. will be furnished at no charge by the instructor.

 

  • ¼” light weight electric drill
  • Dremel tool with sanding drums
  • Clear safety glasses
  • Sponge and quart size water container (large butter tub is great)
  • Straight edge ruler
  • 16: x 20” piece of ¾” plywood with smooth side
  • Exacto knife with blades
  • Rawhide #4 Mallet (such as Tandy #3300-04)
  • Craft Tool Leather Shears (such as Tandy #3050-00)
  • Grooving tool (such as Tandy 8074-00)
  • Edging tool (such as Tandy #8077-03 or Osborne #127-4 preferred)
  • Craft tool Overstitcher #6 (such as Tandy 8079-06)
  • #14 Punch (such as Tandy 3777-14)
  • #9 Punch (such as Tandy 3777-9)
  • 12” x 12” Granite piece (minimum 1” thick)

 

 

 

Student engraves metal

Advanced Hand Engraving

Week of June 13, Monday through Friday 8-5

Advanced Hand Engraving

$380 or 3 credits

 

This course covers advanced concepts and skills related to push engraving and hammer and chisel engraving. Special emphasis will be placed on scroll types, precious metal inlay, bulino and banknote engraving, restoring engraving, and lettering. Students should complete the Introductory Hand Engraving course prior to enrolling Advanced Hand Engraving.

Dr. Michael J. Pierson has been an academic administrator and taught technical subjects in a university setting for over 35 years. He has been engraving for 24 years, was trained by Frank Hendricks, and is a member of the Firearms Engraver’s Guild of America. He is proficient with both the hammer and chisel and pneumatic engraving techniques and a wide variety scroll patterns.

 

Advanced Hand Engraving

Tool List

Engraving Course Tool List

 

Required tools and supplies:

  1. Chasing hammer, 1-1/8″ face from NGraver or GRS
  2. Four 3/32” carbalt XD blanks from Lindsay
  3. #7, #12, #20 straight liners in standard width from NGraver or #18-10 and                                     #24-10 straight liners from GRS
  4. Steel ruler, 6 inch
  5. Dividers
  6. Scribe
  7. Ellipse template #20750 from Drafting Steals
  8. Circle template #20724 from Drafting Steals
  9. Stabilio # 8008 pencilfrom Amazon
  10. Curved burnisher from Amazon
  11. Dot punch set, No. 1,2,3 from NGraver or beading tool #10, #15, and #22                          from GRS
  12. Optivisor, #3 lens from GRS

13.   Talcum powder

  1. Clear packaging tape
  2. Money clip, nickel silver spring tempered from Ngraver
  3. One tube of oil based black etching ink from Faust or Eckersleys
  4. Stainless tool holder for 3/32” graver blanks from Lindsay
  5. Wet/dry silicon carbide sandpaper (220,320, & 400 grit)
  6. Palm push adjustable length graver from Lindsay
  7. 3/16” brass punch from MSC
  8. 3/16” steel punch from MSC
  9. Carbide bur set #004-511 from GRS

 

Contact information for tool and supply sources:

GRS Tools
Web site: www.grstools.com

 

The Ngraver Company

Web site: Ngraver.com

 

Lindsay Engraving and Tools

Web site: Lindsayengraving.com

 

Rudolph Faust, Inc.

Web site: faustink.com

 

Eckersley’s Arts and Crafts

eckersleys.com

 

MSC Industrial Supply

Web site: mscdirect.com

Introductory Hand Engraving

Week of June 6 – Monday through Friday 8-5

Introductory Hand Engraving

$380 or 3 credits

 

This course covers basic concepts and skills related to hammer and chisel engraving. Special emphasis will be placed on tool sharpening, pattern theory, designing, transferring, and cutting patterns.

Dr. Michael J. Pierson has been an academic administrator and taught technical subjects in a university setting for over 35 years. He has been engraving for 24 years, was trained by Frank Hendricks, and is a member of the Firearms Engraver’s Guild of America. He is proficient with both the hammer and chisel and pneumatic engraving techniques and a wide variety scroll patterns.

 

 

Introductory Hand Engraving

Tool List

 

Required tools and supplies:

  1. Chasing hammer, 1-1/8″ face from NGraver or GRS
  2. Four 3/32” carbalt XD blanks from Lindsay
  3. #7, #12, #20 straight liners in standard width from NGraver or #18-10 and                                     #24-10 straight liners from GRS
  4. Steel ruler, 6 inch
  5. Dividers
  6. Scribe
  7. Ellipse template #20750 from Drafting Steals
  8. Circle template #20724 from Drafting Steals
  9. Stabilio # 8008 pencilfrom Amazon
  10. Curved burnisher from Amazon
  11. Dot punch set, No. 1,2,3 from NGraver or beading tool #10, #15, and #22                                     from GRS
  12. Optivisor, #3 lens from GRS

13.       Talcum powder

  1. Clear packaging tape
  2. Money clip, nickel silver spring tempered from Ngraver
  3. One tube of oil based black etching ink from Faust or Eckersleys
  4. Stainless tool holder for 3/32” graver blanks from Lindsay
  5. Wet/dry silicon carbide sandpaper (220,320, & 400 grit)
  6. Palm push adjustable length graver from Lindsay
  7. 3/16” brass punch from MSC
  8. 3/16” steel punch from MSC
  9. Carbide bur set #004-511 from GRS

Contact information for tool and supply sources:

GRS Tools
Web site: www.grstools.com

 

The Ngraver Company

Web site: Ngraver.com

 

Lindsay Engraving and Tools

Web site: Lindsayengraving.com

 

Rudolph Faust, Inc.

Web site: faustink.com

 

Eckersley’s Arts and Crafts

eckersleys.com

 

MSC Industrial Supply

Web site: mscdirect.com

 

OUTLINE OF COURSE CONTENT:

  1. Engraving tools
  2. Types
  3. Sharpening
  4. Pattern theory
  5. Spiral type
  6. Circular
  7. Elliptical
  8. Spiral characteristics
  9. Corridor type
  10. True corridors
  11. Holding corridor
  12. Relationship to other spirals
  13. Common stem spirals
  14. Overlaid spirals
  15. Spiral measurements
  16. Spiral height
  17. Corridor height
  18. Extension length
  19. Standoff
  20. Number of turns
  21. Angle of departure
  22. Leaf anatomy
  23. Leaf types
  24. Adjacent
  25. Separated
  26. Leaf parts
  27. Sweeps
  28. Buds
  29. Lobes
  30. Leaf measurements
  31. Leaf height
  32. Stem thickness
  33. Sweep height
  34. Bud height
  35. Leaf meter
  36. Leaf width
  37. Leaf separation

III.       Designing patterns

  1. Selecting scroll style
  2. Laying out the pattern
  3. Outline the panel
  4. Establish the panel’s center line
  5. Draw planning circles
  6. Establish point of origination
  7. Establish scroll height, corridor height, and rate of turn
  8. Cutting patterns
  9. Hammer and chisel or chasing method
  10. Borders
  11. Lining
  12. Backgrounds
  13.          Flush
  14. Relief
  15. Transfer plates
  16. Transfer techniques

Stained Glass

Stained Glass

 

Section 1: Beginning Stained Glass Class–June 6, 7, 8       8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.   Tuition $100

Section 2: Continued/Intermediate workshop– June 9, 10   8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.   Tuition $60

THESE WILL BE RUN AS TWO SEPARATE WORKSHOPS, YOU WILL NEED TO

REGISTER FOR EACH WORKSHOP SEPARATELY

 

In this class you will learn the basic techniques of working with stained glass. We will begin with a 12” octagon stepping stone, and 8×10 copper foil panel. I have many patterns to choose from. You will learn to lay out patterns, cut glass, grind edges, wrap copper foil, solder (no experience necessary), and apply patina. We can make as many projects as time and glass allow. I will bring additional supplies and glass you can purchase from me.

 

Tools and supplies:                                                          

Safety glasses

Glass grinder with eye shield

Temperature controlled soldering iron

Soldering iron stand

Oil filled carbide cutter

7/32 copper foil

7/32 black backed foil

plastic burnisher

Breaker/grozier pliers

Running pliers

Flux

Flux brush

1 lb. solder

At least 12 pcs. 6”x12” stained glass, variety. I have found these in The Best Beginner Kit at http://www.anythinginstainedglass.com for $299.95. Shipping is around $35.00 due to the weight. It’s the best price I’ve found.

I prefer the studio grinder to the gryphette, as it has a larger  workspace, and eye shield.

 

You will also need to bring:

Apron or old shirt

Scissors

Old hand towels

Knifemaking

Knifemaking  

Week of June 6 (Monday through Friday 8-5)

$380 or 2 credit hours

Monday-Friday 8-5

 

In this course each student will make a full-tang fixed blade knife. We will use hand tools almost exclusively. Because of this and the short duration of the course it is necessary that we restrict the size of the knife that you will make. Your design must have a blade less than 4″ in length and 1 1/4″ in width, not including the handle.

The entire design, handle and all, must fit within an 8″ x 1 1/2″ rectangle. I have no problem with larger knives, but the size restriction is in the interest of your success. If you design and make a smaller blade you will be able to sit back and smile while the guy with the big knife is struggling to get finished. When it comes to first knives, SMALLER IS BETTER!!

Glen Morovits grew up along the Mississippi River bluff in southwest Wisconsin. “I usually had a 22LR in my hands as I was chasing squirrels with the dog. Those early years of hunting turned into a lifelong love of the outdoors and firearms”. Glen graduated from TSJC in 1981 and went to work for Don and Noma Allen to build custom rifles. Those were the good old days and the beginning of a 30-year career working in the firearms industry. He is now teaching stockmaking at TSJC and challenging the next generation to carry on the tradition.

Glen Morovits

 

We will use 440C stainless steel for the blade and brass or nickel-silver for bolsters and pins. For your first knife I recommend brass for bolsters and pins as it is easy to work and solder. If you want to use nickel-silver or (Heaven forbid) stainless steel for your bolsters and pins, those materials can be used as well. They are available from the knife suppliers in 12″ lengths. You will need 3/4″ x 1/4″ flat stock for the bolsters, 1/8″ round stock for the bolster pins, 1/4″ or 3/16” round stock for the handle pins, and 1/4″ OD x 3/16″ ID tube for the thong hole liner if desired.

 

Tools/Supplies needed:        

1 pr.                 Safety Glasses or Goggles

1                      Dust Mask

1                      6″ Steel Rule

2                      Machinist’s Parallel Clamp 3″

1                      Carbide Tipped Scriber

1                      Layout Dye (Dykem brand preferred)

1                      Magic Marker blue or red

4                      Diemakers Polishing Stones 1/4″ x 1/2″ x 6″

(1 each 150, 240, 320, and 400 grit aluminum oxide)

MSC #05093513, 05093521, 05093539, and 05093547

1                      Small Bottle of Baby Oil – for use with polishing stones

2 sheets           each    400 and 600 grit Wet or Dry Sanding Paper

1                      8″ OO cut Regular Pillar File

1                      6″ Second Cut Mill File

1                      6″ Second Cut Half Round File

1                      8″ Round File

(New files are a must. Buy good files, the ones at the discount store                                                            are a source of great frustration.)

File Handles – one for each file you have

 

Knife Materials:

Knife Blade Steel precision ground 440C stainless

1 each 1/8” x 1 ½” x 18” Jantz #CG718

This will make at least two blades

Brass or Nickel-Silver Bolster and Pin material – Texas Knifemakers Supply

1 each   ¼” x ¾”x 12” barstock

1 each 1/8” x 12” roundstock

1 each ¼” or 3/16” x 12” roundstock

Knife Handle Scales (Your Choice– Dymondwood, Micarta, or Stabilized Wood)

1 pair standard size 1 1/2″ x 5″ x 1/4″

 

This list reflects minimum tool requirements. If you have other tools or supplies that may be useful, bring them.

 

Some reliable vendors are:

 

Tools:

MSC Industrial Supply Co.

www.mscdirect.com

800-645-7270

 

Knifemaking Supplies:

Texas Knifemakers Supply                 Jantz Supply

www.texasknife.com                          www.knifemaking.com

713-461-8632                                      800-351-8900

 

Leatherworking Tools and Supplies:

Tandy Leather Factory

Tandy has stores across the country

Check your Yellow Pages or

www.tandyleatherfactory.com

 

If finances are not a problem or if you plan on making knives as an active hobby or sideline business, these items will prove useful.

1          Artificial Sinew natural color  Tandy #3609-00

1pkg    Easy-Thread Needles Tandy #1195

1          Eco-Flo Super Shene  Tandy #2610-01

1          Feibings Leather Dye your choice of color (for example brown is Tandy #2100-03)

1          Stiching Pony  Tandy #3132-00

1          Exacto Craft Knife w\ blades

1          Bevel-Eze Edge Beveler size #2         Tandy #8076

1          Adjustable Gouge       Tandy #8082-00

1          Overstitch Wheel size #6        Tandy #8079

1          Stitching Awl  Tandy #31218-01

1          Mighty Mag    MSC #76580455

1          4″ Hermorphadite Caliper

1 set     Diemakers Polishing Stones                MSC #05094750

(in place of the polishing stones listed above)

10ft.    Abrasive cloth roll 180 and 320 grit 1 1/2″ width

 

I have tried to make these lists as complete as possible, however I am sure that I have overlooked a number of items. If you have other tools and can bring them with you by all means bring them!

 

Organic Blacksmithing

Organic Blacksmithing  

$140

June 4 , 5 

organic blacksmithingClass will be held at the Prator Gun Range

Students will use the skills learned in beginning blacksmithing to forge items such as leaves, vines, and other decorative pieces. Prerequisite:   Beginning Blacksmithing or previous blacksmithing experience.

Instructor: Mike Kernor

Safety equipment:   Students should wear cotton type of clothing, long pants and enclosed toe shoes, safety glasses, leather gloves are optional.

Tool list for students to bring: 2-3 LB. ball pein or cross pein hammer, 1/4 & 1/8 V bit-bolt style tongs, leather or suede type of apron, metal ruler or tape measure, center punch. Where to purchase tools:
Pieh Tool:   http://piehtoolco.com/
Centaur Forge:   http://www.centaurforge.com/
Blacksmithing Depot: http://www.blacksmithsdepot.com/

 

Beginning Blacksmithing

$200

June 1, 2, 3  

Class will be held at the Prator Gun Range

 

Students will learn to forge steel by maintaining a coal forge and utilizing a gas forge. Hammering techniques, tapering, twisting, scrolling, bending and hot cutting using chisels, tongs, anvils, vises and other tools.

 

Instructor: Mike Kernor

 

 

Safety equipment:   Students should wear cotton type of clothing, long pants and enclosed toe shoes, safety glasses, leather gloves are optional.

 

Tool list for students to bring: 2-3 LB. ball pein or cross pein hammer, 1/4 & 1/8 V bit-bolt style tongs, leather or suede type of apron, metal ruler or tape measure, center punch. Where to purchase tools:
Pien Tool:   http://piehtoolco.com/
Centaur Forge:   http://www.centaurforge.com/
Blacksmithing Depot: http://www.blacksmithsdepot.com/

Beginning Drawing

Week of May 30

Basic Drawing

$300 or 2 credit hours

Monday-Friday, 8-5

     (This course counts toward the Gunsmithing Fine Arts Certificate)

 

This course investigates the various approaches and media that students need to develop drawing skills and visual perception.   The course is designed to benefit both the Gunsmithing Fine Arts students and students wanting to learn or improve their drawing skills.

TOPICAL OUTLINE:

  1. Media and Processes
  2. Traditional two-dimensional media and processes
  3. Illustration, decorative flourishes and motif
  4. Visual Elements
  5. Line
  6. Shape
  7. Value
  8. Texture
  9. Space
  10. Linear and Spatial Perspective

III.   Principles of Composition

  1. Balance
  2. Scale
  3. Proportion
  4. Movement
  5. Dominance
  6. Harmony, Rhythm and Repetition
  7. Unity and Variety
  8. Subject Matter
  9. Representational Nature (Ex. Deer, Elk, Bear, Tiger, Pheasants, Flowers & Leaves)
  10. Abstract (Still Life)
  11. Pointillism
  12. Historical Perspective
  13. Presentation Portfolio
  14. Reference Sketches, Tracings and Studies
  15. Critique

Richard Thompson: For Richard Thompson drawing is a process more than a medium. His passion for Studio Art, Science and Computer Imaging began as a Fine Arts student at the University of New Mexico. He received an Applied Science in Computer Programming Degree from UNM and his Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University. His continued interest in the Visual Arts and Sciences has contributed to a one-of-a-kind experience in Studio Art, Computer Aided Design, Architectural and Civil Map Drafting. As an art instructor he focuses entirely on helping his students develop their own creativity and improve their craft so each can contribute something unique to the world.

Richard Thompson

 

Basic Drawing Art Supply List

 

Kneaded eraser

Eraser (Mars Plastic)

Three charcoal pencils – Soft, Medium, Hard

One blending stump (tortillon)

One white charcoal pencil

Graphite Drawing Pencils (Tombo Mono) F, H, 2H,3H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B ),

Color Pencils (Staedtler 12pk)

Four Black Artist Pens (Faber-Castell Pitt Superfine, Fine, Medium and Brush)

Tracing Paper (9 x 12”)

White Drawing Pad (11x 14”) Canson

Toned Gray Sketch Pad (9 x 12”) Strathmore

One roll masking tape

One 12” Ruler

Checkering

Week of May 30

$380 or 2 credit hours

Monday-Friday 8-5

(This course counts toward the Gunsmithing Fine Arts Certificate)

 

Course includes pattern design and layout, scribing, pattern transfer, checkering techniques, and finishing. In addition, instruction on the use of the latest hand and power tools is provided.

Glen Morovits grew up along the Mississippi River bluff in southwest Wisconsin. “I usually had a 22LR in my hands as I was chasing squirrels with the dog. Those early years of hunting turned into a lifelong love of the outdoors and firearms”. Glen graduated from TSJC in 1981 and went to work for Don and Noma Allen to build custom rifles. Those were the good old days and the beginning of a 30-year career working in the firearms industry. He is now teaching stockmaking at TSJC and challenging the next generation to carry on the tradition.

Glen Morovits

 

Checkering tool list

1– Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks” by Kennedy (optional)

1– Dem-Bart S-1 tool with handle

1– ” ” F-1 90 deg. cutter

1– ” ” C-1 90 deg. cutter

1– ” ” 3-20 spacing tool

1– ” ” 4-20 spacing tool

1– ” ” 2, 3, or 4 line cutter ( optional )

1– “ “ 2-20 spacing tool

1– Jointer tool

1– Dem- Bart 90 deg. vainer

4– W.E. Brownell full view handle

1– white or yellow grease pencil

1– thread pitch gauge or Brownells chekrchex ( optional )

1–no. 2 optivisor (optional )

1–3/4″ roll of masking tape

1–small brush ( tooth brush or fingernail brush )

1–small screwdriver

 

 

NOTE: All of the above tools and supplies can be purchased At the TSJC bookstore or through Brownells Inc., 200 South Front St., Montezuma, Iowa 50171 Ordering/Tech Support: 800-741-0015 and any can be substituted with something like it you have at home.

The TSJC Bookstore caters to the full-time Gunsmithing students and carries a wide range of books, tools and parts including their own FFL. To purchase items from the bookstore in advance or to ask questions, call 1-800-621-8752, ext. 5610.

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Beginning Geneology

Research and Preserve your Family History

A five-class series in Beginning Genealogy

Limited to 10 students

 

Classes meet in TSJC Berg 401 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM on

January 14 and 28; February 11 and 25 and March 10.

 

Cost is $100.00 includes all five class sessions

Or you may take only the fifth session for $25

Call Donna Haddow at TSJC 719-846-5541 to register

 

Have you always wanted to trace your roots and learn more about your ancestors? Starting your family tree is a lot easier than you think. Growing your tree can be frustrating and complex—by the time you have gone back ten generations you can have an impressive 1024 ancestors!!

 

This five-class series is perfect for beginning genealogical researchers. The first four classes build on each other up to 4 generations. The fifth class will give you ideas how to put it all together to assemble your family history in a variety of formats.

 

You’ll learn how to research your family’s history with validating documents, and receive a packet of helpful resources to take home.

 

Instructor, Margaret Apodaca, will help you become familiar with basic research methods including:

  • Types of records, where to look for them and what they tell us – learn when a secondary record can be a primary record.
  • Organizing your findings – get help setting up a simple method of keeping your documents organized
  • What the federal census tells and doesn’t tell us – become familiar with what information you can or can’t glean from a census record depending upon the decade it was recorded
  • How to identify relationships – Ever wonder what it means to be a cousin twice removed?
  • Genealogy terms – learn what a progenitor or a soundex is?
  • And much, much more!

Supplies needed include: a five-subject spiral notebook, pencil, and 8 pocket folders- four folders of one color and three folders of a second color plus one neutral color folder.


January – Basic Genealogy Research – January 14 and January 28 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM

 

Limited to 10 students. This two-week session will introduce you to the basics of conducting genealogical research.

 

Class 1 – January 14 – become familiar with basic genealogical terminology, research methods, primary and secondary source documents and how they can provide authenticity to your family tree. Learn the importance of thoroughly documenting your sources. We will set up an organizational system to record and store your data.

You will have homework to bring back to class on January 28th.

 

Class 2 – January 28 begin your pedigree chart, become aware why some sources may be either primary or secondary. Learn where to find other official documents and how they can help you understand who your ancestors were.

You will have homework to bring back to class on February 11th.

 

February – Beyond the Basics – February 11 and February 25 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM

This two-week session will introduce you to the US Federal Census Records.

You will have homework to bring back to class on February 25th.

 

Class 3 – February 11 See what each decade of census records does and doesn’t tell us. Get an overview about on-line genealogy research.

You will have homework to bring back to class on February 25th.

 

Class 4 – February 25 Become aware of genealogy software and databases that can help you organize your research. Get a glimpse of DNA testing and what it can reveal about you and your ancestors.

You will have homework to bring back to class on March 10th.

 

March – Preserve your Family History – March 10 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Open enrollment. No student limit–not required to have taken the January and February classes

 

Class 5 – March 10 will help you decide what to do with the information you have collected and documented. Explore ways to display your family history aside from a pedigree chart – such as:

  • Creating an Ancestor Notebook
  • Creating an Ancestor Pictorial Wall
  • Creating a Family History Photo Album
  • Creating a display board – great for family reunions
  • Writing your story, or a story about one or more of your ancestors