Professor Hammer set for Green Bay workshops

Words & Photos: John Gunnell

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Motorcycle builders in the Midwest will have a unique opportunity to sit in on metal shaping seminars conducted by Ron Covell and other fabricators during the North East Wisconsin Motorama in Green Bay, Wis., April 1-3. Local metalcrafters Matt Schmeizer of River City Iron Works LLC and Dave Byron of Spence Industries, Inc. will also be on hand at the show to help with the seminars and put on a “Hammer Time for Kids” event.

Covell, of Freedom, Calif., is considered a top professional metalworker. He developed his automotive passion during high school in Los Gatos by building two hot rods. After high school, he enrolled in a collision repair program at San Jose City College. He went on to build racing car and dragster bodies

Ron returned to school in the early ‘70s, studying sculpture. He was very much inspired by the work of Don Potts, who was on his graduate committee, and Michael Cooper, who has become a close personal friend. Ron received a Master's degree in Sculpture from San Jose State University in 1976.

Since then, Ron has spent much of his career fabricating street rods and custom motorcycles. His work on cars and custom bikes has been featured in countless magazine articles in this country and abroad.

Convinced that other people had an interest in learning the metalworking skills he spent a lifetime developing, Ron held his first metalworking workshop in 1993. It was a success and he started traveling the country and offering workshops on a regular basis. Over 4,000 people have taken his courses.

Ron is known worldwide as “Professor Hammer.” He and his wife Aloma market a line of DVDs. Ron has written magazine columns and technical articles for a variety of magazines including Hot Bike magazine.



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