Danny Wade and Ken Burwell | Epic Tufa Casting | Saturday, February 8, 2020 | 6 pm until 9 pm


Danny’s going to rock your epic world! Learn the basics of Tufa casting in this 3-hour abbreviated class.

Ken Burwell will be joining Danny for this awesome class. Watch him demo his carving skills. A true master!

Tufa casting is an ancient technique developed by the Navajos in the late 1800s. The coming of the Spanish into what is now New Mexico and Arizona precipitated the beginning of silverwork for many Native American people. The Spanish taught them to work with molten silver to create jewelry and other items.

Tufa stone is a soft and porous volcanic stone that can be found in many parts of the world, including the Navajo reservation in Arizona. it is easy to carve and can withstand high temperatures. The texture of the volcanic rock creates jewelry with a very distinct, sandstone-like finish and texture.


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Instructor: Danny Wade and Ken Burwell

Title of Class: Epic Tufa Casting

Date of Class: February 8, 2020

Number of hours of class: 3    

Time: 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm

Maximum number of students: 14

Level: intermediate to advanced

Type: techniques-based

Class Fee: $85

Kit Fee: $40.00 + applicable sales tax (payable to instructor at class time)

Kit Fee Includes:

metal for casting


all materials needed to cast

Use of all instructor’s tools and equipment

Instructor will have the following for use in class:

all tools and materials for the class

Student Supply List

all supplied

Optional Supply List

Work light and extension cord

magnification if needed

Instructor Email Address: ferrovalleytools@gmail.com

Instructor Website: www.ferrovalleytools.com



Many of our students have asked us to help streamline the process of gathering their supplies and tools for classes, and we have come up with a way we think will work for you.

SJ Jewelry Supply in Phoenix is owned and operated by a wonderful family, headed by Mario Morales. His wife, Erika, and son, Steven, round out the staff, and they are excited to help make gathering your supplies easy and stress free. We guarantee they will make life easier for you! No kidding!

Here’s how it will work….

  • Once you have determined what you will need for each class, send an email with your request for products and/or tools to SJ Jewelry Supply
    • Go to our website, open the class description for each of the classes in which you are enrolled, scroll down to the section “Student Supplies,” cut and paste the items you want to purchase into an email to Mario.
    • Here’s their email address mailto: info@sjjewelrysupply.com
  • When they receive your email, they will send you a return email acknowledging receipt of your request
    • In this email, they will instruct you about payment methods 
  • Once your order is filled, they will send you a second email with confirmation stating your order is complete
    • Included in this email, they will give you instructions on how to pick up your orders upon arrival in Tucson

 Sound easy? We think it’s going to help take the stress out of preparing for classes!