Mastering Your File

Course Description

About this course

Explore filing in depth and refine a critically important skill that all metalsmiths should have. Students will learn about the various types of files out there, their applications, how they function, and how to use them to greater effect. In addition, students will also learn how to use this deceptively simple hand tool to add embellishments to their work through decorative filing techniques. Students are encouraged to bring in progress work that could benefit from the use of precise hand filing.


Meet the Instructor

William Vanaria

William Vanaria is a Massachusetts based artist with a penchant for oddball materials. His work utilizes traditional metalsmithing techniques and a wide verity of non-traditional materials to produce jewelry which both questions and comments on notions of romanticism, value, fakery, and the hierarchy of materials present within modern day consumer culture. Through his work he pushes for a broader system of value which has been formulated though experience, consideration, and critical thinking.
William received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing" in 2012. Afterwards, he spent time working within the jewelry industry and volunteering as a teacher's assistant for various art institutions. He found that the latter was much more fulfilling, so he went on to further his education within the arts and to pursue a career in teaching. William received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth in 2016; once again with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing."


Materials & Tools 

There is a $45 materials fee for the course that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes a set of needle files, brass and copper wire and sheet for completing exercises, saw blades, and flex shaft attachments.

Students should bring 
  • A notebook or sketchbook and a writing utensile
  • Optional: in progress work that could benefit from either decorative file work, or precise stock removal.



Materials Cost



William Vanaria


July 30, 2018


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


1 day

Basic and above
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