Viking chain

Jewelry – Viking Chain

Jewelry: Viking Chain:  November 20 and 27, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

$60 for the series

Viking chain

Viking chain

Jewelry Instructor Ily S. Reiling

Come and learn how to make this wonderful and versatile chain. This class provides instruction and supplies needed to make a single or double Viking chain which can be used as an bracelet, necklace or detail to another piece. This technique give beautiful results while still being accessible to all levels.

Instructor:  Ily S. Reiling has lived and worked as an artist in Colorado for over 20 years. She has received her BFA from Metropolitan State University in Denver and her MA from The University of Denver. Ily has shown her work locally, nationally, and internationally, but her true love is working closely with her community to make beautiful things and lasting relationships. She has found the best way of doing this is through education. She has over 15 years of teaching experience which includes all ages, levels, and focuses.

Classes taught on the Trinidad Campus of Trinidad State.

For more information or to sign up contact Donna Haddow at 719 846-5724 or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu.

Jewelry – Metal Works

Jewelry: Metal Works:   October 30, November 6, November 13

$90 for the series  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Jewelry Instructor Ily S. Reiling

Students will have a choice of creating a copper bracelet, earrings and/or pendants. The techniques learned in this class are sawing, drilling, filing, etching, patina, and polishing. All supplies will be included and students will be able to make at least 2 pieces of unique copper jewelry.

Instructor:  Ily S. Reiling has lived and worked as an artist in Colorado for over 20 years. She has received her BFA from Metropolitan State University in Denver and her MA from The University of Denver. Ily has shown her work locally, nationally, and internationally, but her true love is working closely with her community to make beautiful things and lasting relationships. She has found the best way of doing this is through education. She has over 15 years of teaching experience which includes all ages, levels, and focuses.

Classes will be taught at the Trinidad Campus of Trinidad State.

For more information or to sign up contact Donna Haddow at 719 846-5724 or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu.

Piece of jewelry made with resin

Resin Jewelry

Making Resin Jewelry: October 23,  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  $30

Piece of jewelry made with resin

Piece of jewelry made with resin

Jewelry Instructor Ily S. Reiling

In this workshop each student will create two pieces of resin jewelry. Students will learn techniques such as setting, metal drilling, cutting and filing along with the basics of resin works. This beginner’s technique has great results and can be reproduced at home after the basics are mastered! If you are interested in encapsulating a picture or item of personal significance, please contact Donna Haddow at 846-5724 to put you in contact with the instructor about dimensions.

Class will be taught on the Trinidad Campus of Trinidad State Junior College.

For more information or to register call Donna Haddow at 719 846-5724 or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu.

Jewelry – Wire Wrapping

Wire Wrapping: October 2,  9 and 16,  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

$90 for the series

Cabochon stones with wire wrap

Cabochon stones with wire wrap

Jewelry Instructor Ily S. Reiling

In this course we will be making two finished pieces of jewelry with cabochon stones. We will also be investigating basic to intermediate wrapping techniques, tools, and designing. All supplies will be provided to you with the option to purchase different cabochons if you have something special in mind.

Instructor:  Ily S. Reiling has lived and worked as an artist in Colorado for over 20 years. She has received her BFA from Metropolitan State University in Denver and her MA from The University of Denver. Ily has shown her work locally, nationally, and internationally, but her true love is working closely with her community to make beautiful things and lasting relationships. She has found the best way of doing this is through education. She has over 15 years of teaching experience which includes all ages, levels, and focuses.

Class will be taught on the Trinidad Campus of Trinidad State Junior College.

For more information or to register call Donna Haddow at 719 846-5724 or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu.

 

Silk Painting

Silk Painting

Six sessions — $45 total cost.  Mondays from 6-8 p.m. April 3, 10, 17, 24, and May 1, and 8.  These classes will be held in the Berg Building Room 401 at the Trinidad Campus.

Learn the basic skills required to create beautiful silk paintings on scarves, men’s ties or wall hangings. No previous art experience is necessary.

The cost of the course includes silk to make two projects of either scarves or ties. If you would like to do an additional special project as part of the class, you will need to purchase the silk for the additional project on your own.

Sara HadadInstructor:  Sara Hadad is a Trinidad native and educator for the last 14 years.  She learned silk painting while living in Alaska.

To register, or if you have questions about the type of silk or a recommended vendor to purchase the silk, contact Donna Haddow at 719-846-5724 or 800-621-TSJC, ext. 5724 or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu

 

Journaling

Journaling Class

March 22 and 29

6:30 – 8:00 PM

Berg Room 401 at the Trinidad Campus

$35.00

Margaret Apodaca gives an introductory to pen and paper journaling with a sneak peak at digital journaling.

Create a place that is yours alone!

A place that offers solace and inspiration to be introspective and retrospective about your journey through life; record your travels or your dreams. A place to work through problems or plan a project. A place to define your goals and track your progress, or just jot down all those thoughts that run through your head. A quiet place where you can explore your feelings as well as the world around you; where you can work through grief, or count your blessings.  A place where you can be totally honest with yourself.

Your journal can be whatever you want it to be:

  • Garden Planning Journal
  • Travel Journal
  • Personal Development Journal
  • Food/Health Journal
  • Photo Journal
  • Bullet Journal
  • Brain Dump Journal
  • Gratitude Journal
  • Dream Journal
  • Book/Movie Review Journal

 To register, call Donna at 846-5724

or 800-621-8752 ext. 5724

checkering

Checkering

Checkering
$380
July 24 – July 28, 2017
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 morovitsGlen 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 Allento 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.
To register contact Donna Haddow, 800 621 TSJC Ext. 5724 or 719 846-5724 or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu
carved rifle stock

Canceled – Decorative Gunstock Carving

Decorative Gun Stock Carving class with Jack Brooks
$650
July 17 – July 21, 2017
This five day class will be a study of traditional decorative carving as found on 18th century American flintlock rifles. Students will learnto 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.
jack brooks

Jack Brooks

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 MA1972). He built his first flintlock rifle in 1971. After working four years as a chemist he beganmaking 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 long rifles. 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.

Tool list:  http://trinidadstate.edu/gunsmithing/pdf/2017/07DecorativeGunStockCarving.pdf
To register contact Donna Haddow, 800 621 TSJC Ext. 5724 or 719 846-5724 or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu
box made of oak

Basic Woodworking

Basic Woodworking as it Pertains to Box Corners and Case Construction
$300
July 17 – July 21, 2017
clint litsey

Instructor Clint Litsey

This class will cover hand tool sharpening and use, as well as machine techniques. It will focus on various corner construction,including dovetails, as used to build small display cases, pistol boxes, and fine tool boxes. By Friday students will have completed projects to take home.

Clint Litsey is a lifetime hobby woodworker. Clint’s main focus is box and chest construction. He also builds tables, church furniture, and does some architectural lathe work.

To register contact Donna Haddow, 800 621 TSJC Ext. 5724 or 719 846-5724 or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu
red hot forge

Damascus Steel (billet) Making

Damascus Steel Making
$380
June 26 – June 30, 2017
This class is a hands-on class for the students. This class will be focused on the making of Damascus (pattern welded) steel for use in gun hardware and knife blades. Each student should finish the class with at least one billet of Damascus steel to take home. This focus of this class is to teach “dry welding” technique, that is the making of Damascus steel using no flux.
This approach provides steel of much greater consistency and strength. We will be using gas forges to weld our steel not coal. Subjects covered will include: Dry vs. Wet forge welding, steel selection, tool selection, use of power equipment such as power hammers and forging presses, pattern  development, heat treating and etching.
Steve Rollert has been a knife maker and Damascus bladesmith for 38 years.
To register contact Donna Haddow, 800 621 TSJC Ext. 5724 or 719 846-5724 or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu
knife making

Basic Bladesmithing

Basic Bladesmithing
$380
June 19 – June 23, 2017
This class will cover the forging and grinding of both full and hidden tang blades to shape. We will cover steel selection, tool considerations, different forging approaches, several heat treating techniques, and basic finishing techniques.
Steve Rollert has been a knife maker and Damascus bladesmith for 38 years.
Tool list
Safety glasses
Respirator either dust mask or double filter (preferred)
Work apron
Baseball or other brimmed hat
Hearing protection
Welding gloves
One pair large vice grips
Hammers-cross pein, and ball pein of about 1.5 to 2.5 pound in weight
Grinding belts 2 each in 60, 220, 400 grit, zircon or ceramic recommended but aluminum oxide is acceptable, but will not wear as long, size: 2 inch by
72 inch in length.
Please bring a refillable water bottle since we will be working around hot forges and in June weather.
Steel is provided by the instructor.
To register contact Donna Haddow, 800 621 TSJC Ext. 5724 or 719 846-5724 or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu

Basic and Intermediate Stained Glass

Each section of this class is Class limited to eight students
Section 1: Beginning Stained Glass Class–June 19, 20 and 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuition $100
Section 2: Continued/Intermediate workshop–June 22 and 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuition $60
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.
The class will be set up in two sections. Beginning students will come the first three days. A separate class will be held on Thursday and Friday for those who want to continue from the beginning of the week or for students who already have stained glass experience and would like to join the group.
Please feel free to contact the instructor, Kathy Longanecker if you have questions about this class. She can be reached at 913-709-7406.
To register contact Donna Haddow, 800 621 TSJC Ext. 5724 or 719 846-5724 or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu
engraving example

Advanced Engraving

Advanced Hand Engraving
$380

June 19 – June 23, 2017

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.
For a complete tool list click here.
To register contact Donna Haddow, 800 621 TSJC Ext. 5724 or 719 846-5724 or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu

 

 

leather rifle scabbard

Gun Leather II

Gun Leather II
$375
June 12 – June 16, 2017
Gun Leather II has been created to expand methods and techniques learned by students in Basic Holster making. This class will take students to the next level of gun leather constructions. Students will review principles learned in Basic Holster Making with emphasis on development of a gun belt, 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, gun leather 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.  For a complete tool list click here.
To register contact Donna Haddow, 800 621 TSJC Ext. 5724 or 719 846-5724 or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu
metal engraving example

Introductory Engraving

Introductory Hand Engraving
$380 or 3 credit hours
June 12 – June 16, 2017
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.
For a complete tool list click here.
To register contact Donna Haddow, 800 621 TSJC Ext. 5724 or 719 846-5724 or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu

 

Powder Horns

Powder Horns
$300
June 12 – June 16, 2017
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, engraving, and other structural and embellishment techniques. Selection and preparation of various hornmaterials, 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.
Jim Stevens with student

Jim Stevens with student

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.
Visit Jim’s website or email Jim at stevens@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. Phone 719-846-5609. 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
One hobby knife handle (ie: X-Acto knife) (with rubber grip if you prefer)
Package of 5, #11 hobby knife blades
One small tube of Titanium White artist’s oil paint
One small tube of Ivory Black artist’s oil paint
One #2 pencil
One black aquarellable pencil (Stabilo or other brand)
One white aquarellable pencil (Stabilo or other brand)
One pencil sharpener (small hand held type)
One roll of transparent tape
One pair of scissors
One pink eraser

 

A clear plastic ruler (6 inches long is fine)
One small can of spray adhesive
One small bottle of rubbing alcohol
One small pair of pliers
One headband magnifier (ie: Opti-visor) (see note below)
Three sheets each of #400 and #600 wet/dry sandpaper
One package of .0000 steel wool pads
One paper dust mask (to use while sanding and polishing)
Safety glasses or goggles (required in school’s tool shops)
One small package of facial tissue
One package of assorted fine point, hand sewing needles
One small package of cotton swabs (Q-tip or other brand)
One small flexible-neck desk lamp. (see lighting note below)
One double-ended reversible pin vise (one end with zero minimum capacity)
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 designate d 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 #10for 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 tungstenbulb. 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 TheBoone Trading Company is a reputable company that has any material you may want for your final project. Their number is 1-800-423-1945. 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.
To register contact Donna Haddow, 800 621 TSJC Ext. 5724 or 719 846-5724 or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu
Scrimshaw

Scrimshaw

Scrimshaw —
$300.00 or 2 credits(course counts toward the Gunsmithing Fine Arts Certificate).
June 5 – June 9, 2017
Learn the Art of Scrimshaw with Jim Stevens. You do not need an interest inGunsmithing to take this course. The techniques taught are the same for anyone wanting to learnhow to create beautiful scrimshaw on ivory, resins, andpowder horns. An intensive, hands-oncourse taught by artist, sculptor, and scrimshander Jim Stevens. Jim Stevens is a world renownedscrimshander, writer and artist. He has three books published on scrimshaw techniques, has beencommissioned 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-failattitude 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.
Visit Jim’s website or email Jim at stevens@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. Phone 719-846-5609. 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
One hobby knife handle (ie: X-Acto knife) (with rubber grip if you prefer)
Package of 5, #11 hobby knife blades
One small tube of Titanium White artist’s oil paint
One small tube of Ivory Black artist’s oil paint
One #2 pencil
One black aquarellable pencil (Stabilo or other brand)
One white aquarellable pencil (Stabilo or other brand)
One pencil sharpener (small hand held type)
One roll of transparent tape
One pair of scissors
One pink eraser

 

A clear plastic ruler (6 inches long is fine)
One small can of spray adhesive
One small bottle of rubbing alcohol
One small pair of pliers
One headband magnifier (ie: Opti-visor) (see note below)
Three sheets each of #400 and #600 wet/dry sandpaper
One package of .0000 steel wool pads
One paper dust mask (to use while sanding and polishing)
Safety glasses or goggles (required in school’s tool shops)
One small package of facial tissue
One package of assorted fine point, hand sewing needles
One small package of cotton swabs (Q-tip or other brand)
One small flexible-neck desk lamp. (see lighting note below)
One double-ended reversible pin vise (one end with zero minimum capacity)
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 designate d 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 #10for 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 tungstenbulb. 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 TheBoone Trading Company is a reputable company that has any material you may want for your final project. Their number is 1-800-423-1945. 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.
To register contact Donna Haddow, 800 621 TSJC Ext. 5724 or 719 846-5724 or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu
Holster from leather class

Leather Holster Making (Trinidad Campus)

Leather Holster Making
$375
June 5 – June 9, 2017

Students will learn how to construct quality gun leather 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.  This class will be held Trinidad State’s Trinidad Campus at 600 Prospect St. from June 5 – 9, 2017, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Students will learn the methods the instructor has 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. 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 are suggested as the first projects. 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). NO AMMUNITION IS ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM. If time permits, we will discuss construction of gun belts, cartridge loop sewing, magazine cases, saddle scabbards, and knife sheaths.
$375 (price includes leather for the class). Continuing Education Only – not for college credit.  To register contact Donna Haddow, 800 621-TSJC (8752), Extension 5724 or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu.
img_1307Instructor: 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, established 3 Cross Custom Gun leather as a part-time business. Upon retiring from the Department of the Interior in 1994, gun leather became a full-time occupation. Bob crafts gun rigs for cowboy competitors, hunters, outdoorsmen, casual shooters, and concealed-carry holders.
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. 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)

To register contact Donna Haddow, 800 621 TSJC Ext. 5724 or 719 846-5724 or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu

Student irons her hat in hatmaking class

Western Hatmaking (Trinidad Campus)

Hatmaking
$300
May 29 – June 2, 2017

Make your own hat in a week!  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

Tom Hirt

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 h and 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.

Cost is $300 for the week plus the cost of the hat materials. This class is not for college credit.  It will run from May 29 through June 2, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at our Trinidad Campus.

Students will need to register no later than April 21 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.

To register contact Donna Haddow, 800 621 TSJC Ext. 5724 or 719 846-5724 or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu

Example of metal embossing on copper sheet

Basic Metal Embossing (One Day Class)

Metal embossing or repujado in Spanish, is the old-world art of shaping soft metal sheets into intricate designs. Embossing design motifs are found throughout Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico on cemetery (camposanto) headstones, tin work in chapels and missions, painted designs on ceilings of moradas, carved into woodwork and stamped into tin ceiling tiles.

In this beginner metal embossing class, students will learn to use a variety of basic tools to emboss three different types of metal to create three different projects reflecting traditional design and tools. Metals will include humble aluminum, rich copper and lustrous pewter!
Most tools and supplies provided by the instructor. Basic items to bring are listed below.

ONE DAY CLASS! 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Trinidad Campus: June 28, Berg 401
OR
Valley Campus (Alamosa): June 29

$100 (includes most supplies for the class) Continuing Education Only – not for college credit

What to bring:

Xacto knife with extra blades. # 11 works well
Metal or steel edge ruler, 12 to 18 inches long
Sharpie fine point permanent marker (darker is better, i.e. black blue, red)
Pencil/pen/note paper
White Eraser

Nice to have:
Any metal embossing tools you already have, i.e. 9”x12” plexiglas, small suede, stylus
Masking tape, low tack (I.e. painter’s blue or green)
Bone or teflon folder (if you have one, don’t go buy one)
Scissors (craft ones like Fiskars, not your best sewing shears!)
Cutting mat (8×10 or there about)

Bring your own lunch, beverage and non-spill mug!
If you have questions, please feel free to give Libby a call or email:
970-577-0390, Lrehm@q.com

Portrait of Libby Rehm

Libby Rehm

Instructor:  Ten years ago, Libby Rehm (Elegant Elk Studios)discovered Repujado, the fine art of metal embossing. Her own metal embossing endeavors began after an extensive workshop with Repujado Master Lynda Abare. While exploring Southern Colorado’s Dolores Cemetery, Libby noticed the similarities between the design elements of Spanish/New Mexican embossing and the hand-carved designs in Spanish sandstone grave markers. This “discovery” has led Libby on a years-long quest to ferret out the fading, crumbling designs found among walled Colonial Mexican era camposantos, family moradas, mission chapel tin works, wood carvings, and ghost towns sprinkled across Southern Colorado and New Mexico.
In addition to her expertise in metal embossing, Libby is a juried photographer and mixed media artist. Samples of her artwork can be found on her Facebook page (Elegant Elk Studios), website (www.Libbyrehm.com) and Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/people/libbyrehm).

 

For more information or to sign up contact Donna Haddow at 719 846-5724 or Donna.Haddow@trinidadstate.edu