Copper bashing for beginners with professional blacksmith Lucille. Lucille Scott is an experienced teacher and blacksmith who runs regular blacksmithing courses in Little Duck Forge at Eastney Pumping Station throughout the year.
Create copper bowls and simple copper forms using fold forming techniques.
The day course will look at basic sheet metal skills including the new art of foldforming, traditional hollowing and planishing to make a simple bowl, we will then use these skills to make an object like a candle holder although the choice of project is entirely up to you. To complete the main project of the day we will have to use various joining methods including riveting and soldering.
Maximum 4 students
Note the relatively new art of foldforming to create amazing textures in the sheet. Having explored the various types of folds we will work them into jewellery and small scale sculptures. This day will be a chance to let the material lead you into new forms and ideas.
Structure of the day:
9.30-9.45 Welcome and site orientation, e.g. where the toilets are, followed by a health and safety briefing
9.45 – 11.15 Tools and techniques. Lucille will teach you step by step various techniques for use in your main project.
11.15 – 11.45 Tea break plus discuss main projects for the day, draw up designs to scale.
11.45 – 1pm Complete experimental pieces ready to start main project after lunch.
1pm – 1.30 Lunch - bring your own packed lunch. (Microwave available)
1.30-3pm Work on projects
3-3.15pm Afternoon tea break and chance to see how others are doing
3.15 – 4.30/5ish Continue work on project until finished, be aware some days can over run!
Wear old sensible clothing made with natural fibres eg cotton. It can get warm in the forge so layers are good plus if you don't mind the odd burn short sleeves are acceptable. Sturdy boots or shoes (steel toe caps are best)
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
A great day bashing copper, Lucille is a fantastic teacher nothing is too much trouble she explained each stage with a demonstration then let us make our own pieces of copper work. In the afternoon it was make your own project. Lucille was again on hand to give help and advice and practical demonstrations of copper forming techniques. As a complete novice I learnt a lot that day and would recommend the course to anyone thinking of taking up copper forming.
What a fantastic experience. As a group of four family members we enjoyed a wonderful fun-filled day. We learned so much from Lucille who is brilliant at teaching and encouraged us to explore the joys of making something out of copper. She helped us all individually and nothing was too much trouble. We are all delighted with our copper pieces of work and would highly recommend this course. We would love to do this again - or even the blacksmithing course as Lucille is an expert blacksmith. Her sense of humour and easy going approach made it all the more enjoyable. Loved the forge.