Build Your Own Bolos

September 1 - September 3, 2023

Build Your Own Bolos


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $515
Material Fee: $85

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a colorful bolo tie? Join Wyatt in this three day workshop to learn some of the history of bolo ties along with traditional methods and findings used to hold the lariat behind the tie. We will explore a variety of materials and techniques to create the bolos including sifting enamel to create colorful designs, incorporating overglazes and other enameling techniques on copper blanks that will be provided for you. We will first create some test pieces to practice enameling before deciding on a design to turn into a bolo. Participants should have prior knowledge of soldering as that will be integral to affixing the findings which will hold a lariat in place. At the end of the workshop you will have your very own Bolo Tie!

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Intermediate
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Wyatt Nestor-Pasicznyk

Wyatt NP is a metalsmith, enamelist and leather worker currently living and working out of rural NJ. He graduated from Tyler School of Art with a BFA in Metals Jewelry and CAD CAM in 2021. His work has recently been featured in the Enamelist Society’s show Alchemy6, The Metal Museum’s exhibition We are Here and the most recent Issue of Society of North American Goldsmith’s Magazine focusing on queer metalsmiths. His work will be traveling to Fort Worth TX for a Bolo Tie exhibition this summer. NP grew up in a small rural town working with horses his whole life. Since graduating he has been working on several farms and ranches focusing on horsemanship and land stewardship, in addition to continuing his practice in his home studio. The culture of both farming and agriculture heavily impact the kind of work he makes in his practice. NP creates much of his work in the form of champlevé enameled belt buckles; a type of body adornment tied to both rural identity and masculine normativity. One of his main passions is agriculture and the perseverance of farmers over generations as the land, climate and people change. He hopes to convey this sentiment in his work while providing visibility for LGBT farmers, metalsmiths and craftspeople. He’s very excited to return to Peters Valley this summer and to work alongside other jewelers and makers as the Fine Metals Artist Fellow this Year!

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