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Introduction to Tuareg Techniques: The Art of Moving and Shaping Metal

Learn to raise metal and to engrave by creating three-dimensional pieces through a Tuareg technique used to make Grigri (talisman).

This class will be co-taught by Mohamed Amoumoune, a jeweler from Agadez, Niger and Matthieu Cheminee, both of whom will demonstrate techniques that have been transmitted through generations. In addition to the techniques covered throughout the course, attendees in this will learn to make some of the tools used for these processes as well.

Meet the instructor

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Matthieu Cheminée moved from Paris to New-Mexico when he was 19, where for seven years he studied Navajo, Hopi and Zuni jewelry techniques. He was immediately drawn to stamping, making concho belts and bracelets. He then moved to Mali, West-Africa and worked for a few years with the Fulani, Tuareg and Bambara jewelers. 

In 1999, Matthieu settled in Montreal Canada and continued his studies by going to a jewelry school and learning a more classical part of the trade. Over the years, Matthieu has returned to Africa regularly.

In 2014, Tim McCreight and Mattheiu Cheminee created the Toolbox Initiative, a non-profit organization that helps jewelers in West Africa through the gifts of donated tools.

Matthieu has written two books,  “Legacy, jewelry techniques of West Africa“  and “The Art of Stamping”, both published at Brynmorgen Press.

Mohamed Amoumoune is a jeweler from Agadez, Niger. He specializes in Tuareg metal shaping techniques for creating three-dimentional forms through forming and engraving. 

Materials & Tools

The following supplies will be used for course demonstrations and objectives. A suggested item and/or vendor has been provided below for reference. Click the vendor name to be redirected to a page where you can view the item. The quantities needed for each item are listed first. If ordering, please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. We recommend not opening an item's packaging until the day of the workshop. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is not required - observers are welcome.


Metal/raw materials (NOTE : 


Torch setup:


Hand tools:


Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • hard work surface

  • fan and open window - or ventilation system

  • safety glasses 

  • pencil, Sharpie, notebook

  • rags/towels


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