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The Hammer Room

Hammer it out here, seriously

Access hours may vary but generally hours for qualified students are as follows:
Week 1 & 2 8:00am to Midnight
Week 3 to 13 8:00am to 4:00am
Week 14, 15 24 hour access
Spring/Summer break 8:00am to Midnight

Orientations are given by the Studio Manager during classes for those enrolled in Jewelry/Metal classes and by appointment for students outside classes.

The Hammer Room
Shaklee Building Rm. Second floor, A27
Oakland Campus

Privileges include access to the studio outside class times, access to most studio tools and equipment, and the ability to work in a tight community of metal-smiths and makers in a professional setting.

Access to the studio varies depending on the level of the student. No one student is allowed in the studio alone; there must be a minimum of two students to remain working in the studio, and one of the two must be an approved monitor.  To become an approved monitor, one must have completed J/MA-1A or equivalent and have taken the Safety Test. Completion of the test gives a student the door code and the ability to work and monitor outside of class time. Beginning students are not given the code to the doors and are only allowed in the studio after class hours if accompanied by at least one qualified monitor. If two students remain in the studio and one wishes to leave, both must close down and vacate at the same time.

Tony Esola


About the The Hammer Room

The Hammer Room has an array of stakes, hammers, and forming tools for students to manipulate sheet metal and wire into complex forms, using the ancient practices of raising and forging. The casting equipment and larger torches in this room allow students to transform their wax creations into pieces of silver, bronze, or gold. The hydraulic press easily creates smooth concave or convex forms. Surface development is explored in this room with a sand blaster, polishing machine, and etching station.

Specializing in These Materials

  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Steel
  • Wire

Tools and Equipment

  • Natural gas and acetylene torches
  • Sodium bisulfate pickle baths
  • Band saw for wood or metal
  • Sanders (wet or dry)
  • Rolling mills (manual and electric
  • Hydraulic Press
  • Drill presses and flex-shafts
  • Small lathe mills
  • Step sheer, beverly sheer, straight sheer
  • Buffing/polishing machines
  • Metal forming/forging hammers, stakes, and anvils
  • Draw bench
  • Casting equipment (kilns, centrifuge, and vacuum caster)
  • Bead blaster
  • Vulcanizer
  • Steam de-waxer
  • Wax injector