This workshop is designed for everyone who has no knowledge or skill of metal folding but who wants to try their hand – but beware it can be a noisy day (even wearing ear-defenders).
The methods of working the metal include forging and heating the metal with blow-torches between cold-working. Students are encouraged to just play at the beginning rather than attempting specific outcomes until they become familiar with the tools and how the metal responds to being worked on. Students will also be using Pickle (a diluted sulphuric acid) to clean their work before finally colouring it with the application of heat.
The morning continues with experimentation and students can stop for lunch any time they want as they all work at their own pace. After lunch, we look at what each student has created in the morning and discuss what they fancy making in the afternoon as a finished item. This might be a bowl, a piece of jewellery or mobile. The day concludes at 4.00pm but extends through to when each student finishes their project – and they get to go home with what they made!