Click here for a photo gallery of a 2004 Metal Techniques workshop and here for photos of books made by participants.

NOTE: Beginning in April of 2005 I will be teaching Metal Techniques for Book Artists at Cubberly through the Palo Alto Art Center. The class meets from 10 to 1 on Saturdays, beginning on April 9. We will skip one Saturday in May for the Palo Alto area Open Studios. You can download the class schedule here.

I am also currently offering several different workshops in my studio. I will do the workshops with as few as 2 people, there is a limit of 6. To contact me type my email address into your email window: , OR click on my email address below, and delete the "NOSPAM" in the line that reads "to:hoffishNOSPAM@earthlink.net" hoffishNOSPAM@earthlink.net

These workshops are available:

  • On January 9th, 2005, a Jewelry Techniques workshop will start in my studio. This is a specially requested workshop for a few people who want to make jewelry. It continues on January 23, and ends February 6. This will be about 15 hours total. The cost will be $190. This is a rare opportunity if you're interested in the jewelry aspects of metal working because I usually only teach the Metal Techniques for Book Making classes. There is an opening. Please contact me about this by January 2 if interested.
  • Metal Techniques for Book Arts covers making books with materials like copper, brass, plexiglas and formica. You will learn to use the jeweler's saw and flex shaft, several styles of rivets, spiral binding, and several other cold connection techniques. These are basically jewelry techniques, adapted for book making. click here for more information.
  • Simple Copper Frames covers making small frames from tooling copper. These make charming Christmas ornaments, and look wonderful in groupings on the wall. I have two people interested in doing this in January. We haven't set up a time. click here for more information.
  • You can continue working on a project once you have completed a workshop with me, and I am also available for one-on-one instruction. click here for more information

Instruction Manual for the End (of the world) ©1990, 
2-7/8 x 2-7/8 x 3/4 inches closed. Copper, plastic dinosaur, fabricated. It was tricky to cut the legs off the dinosaur. I used a jeweler's saw, then filed them a little to smooth the cut edge. The legs are attached to the book cover with tiny bolts and nuts, spiral binding, pages are etched copper. Here's a view of the inside pages of this book.


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