Moving Metal Three Ways

This workshop will introduce students to three of the most traditional and useful ways to directly work metal: raising, stretching and forging. All three techniques involve hammers, anvils in various forms and a torch. Most importantly they rely on the remarkably plastic nature of metal that with skillful execution can produce an astonishing array of desired forms from modern jewelry to ancient vessels. Raising is creating a dimensional form by compressing portions of the metal; making it thicker. This form may be anticlastic or synclastic. Stretching is creating a dimensional form by stretching portions of the metal; making it thinner. Forging is creating a dimensional form, by squeezing portions of it between the hammer and anvil. We will be discussing the differences between and relative advantages of these approaches, and will be working hands on with copper. Projects may include a sunken vessel, an anticlastic torc or bracelet, and or forged bar to create a cuff or handles to attach to a hollow form. No experience is required, but stamina and accuracy with a hammer is a must.

Basic materials included