ABOUT US

Our Team

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Karen Smith, who founded WWTH, is a self-taught metalsmith. A longtime Oakland resident, she was inspired to start WWTH after a short apprenticeship in Dakar, Senegal in 2018. Her mission is to bring this vocation to women and girls of African descent around the globe.


Ale'ah Bashir Baaqee, our lead teacher, is a metal artist and Oakland native.  She began her career in industrial arts as a welder at age 12. With visions of more detailed work, she began  classes in metal jewelry. She is as committed to continuing her metal education as she is to teaching as many young women about industrial arts as possible.

Our History

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We Wield the Hammer began incubating 

in 2019. The project includes a series of 8 week sessions designed to introduce 

the art of metalsmithing using 

copper, brass and sterling silver. 


The program is located in Oakland, CA  and is currently housed at the Crucible, an industrial arts school located in West Oakland. As a part of the scope of the project, WWTH will become an official urban apprenticeship program and will also extend to Dakar, Senegal beginning in 2020.

Our Mission

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WWTH exists to identify, train, track and support young women of African descent who might not otherwise choose a career as a metalsmith, offering an opportunity for artistic equity, economic empowerment and access to a vocation which is, worldwide, traditionally unavailable to women.

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SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

Short Sleeved LOGO Tee

$25.00

($0.00 shipping)

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Sizes available: M, L, XL and XXL.  Price includes shipping via USPS. 

PLEASE INDICATE SIZE AT CHECKOUT


Your support through the purchase of our tees (and your tax deductible contributions) enable us to meet our goals and improve the lives of young women and girls of African descent enabling us to purchase metals, pay living wages to our instructors and more. 


For more information about tax deductible contributions, please contact us at info@wewieldthehammer.org. We are a fiscally sponsored organization.

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WWTH Aprons

$45.00
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Our shop apron is perfect for YOUR shop, or your kitchen. Rock one today and support WWTH.  Adjustable, 4 pockets. One size.  Price includes shipping via USPS.

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