The Kimball Guild members hammer aluminum, replicating an ancient and historical craft art which Florence Kimball, the wife of our first Rector (The Reverend Richard Kimball), taught and sold to help maintain our growing parish after the Depression.
The renowned artist Vernon Smith taught the technique of hammering aluminum objects to Mrs. Kimball, and the pair made many of their own tools. Mrs. Kimball gave free lessons in the art of hammering to as many as 60 students.
The Galley West Gift Shop became well known for its fine, unique hammered aluminum objects. The women made most of their own tools out of drill rods and used many of the patterns of the early designs by Mr. Smith and Mrs. Kimball.
Today, the Kimball Guild meets every Monday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (except summer months, when it meets sporadically) in the Kimball Craft House and creates imaginative aluminum gifts.
Custom orders can be taken. We invite your inquiries and interest in the history of this art.
Members currently doing this wonderful hammering work include:
- Georgia Schneider
- Lori Linton
- Susan Owens
- Coleen Depuis
- Jane Affleck
If anyone is interested in doing this rewarding art activity, please email Susan at CHSGalleyWest@aol.com.