The day starts at 10.00am with a brief chat and look through some samples pieces made by David, followed by a demonstration of how to do some basic metal folding using some of the methods devised by the Canadian Charles Lewton-Brain. Students are then given a range of tools, copper and aluminium sheet to work with.
The methods of working the metal include cold manipulation using hammers and hands and heating the metal with blow-torches between cold-working. The hot metal is quenched in water after each heating and manipulated further towards the desired shape.
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!
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Tea, coffee, biscuits and fresh spring water are offered throughout the day.
For lunch there are two pubs and other places to eat 10 minutes down the road in Steyning, or you can bring food to eat in at the studio. In warm weather, you can sit outside and enjoy the view across the Adur valley.
Cost including all materials and use of tools is just £109.00 per person.
Excellent course. Parking available, toilet available. Premises totally suited to the workshop. Fantastic views. Patient, quality teaching, guiding rather than instructing allowing participants to follow their own direction. Copious quantities of tea and coffee along with biscuits. And then there was the copper bashing. I do love bashing metal. I have been having a go at various silversmithing and copper courses; I am not that good and my results not very predictable - although on occasion I have made some beautiful pieces of which I am very proud. But I think it's fair to say I feel vaguely nervous around the equipment and much angst in the studios I have worked in previously. I think what I liked best about David's course was that I felt relaxed in the workshop and very comfortable around the equipment. I hope to return.
David J Lilly:
Thank you so much for your amazing review. I hope that you continue to enjoy the lovely pieces you made, and I look forward to seeing you again sometime.
David is an excellent teacher. Clear, supportive and enthusiastic. It's incredible what wonderful organic shapes you can be producing within a very short time. Great fun, super technique, highly recommended.
Loved it, Loved it, Loved it.
There were only 2 of us on this course so we had lots of individual attention. We started the day with David showing us different techniques and how to use the different tools then he let us "play" for a bit before we decided what we wanted to create.
His endless patience in showing me how to do things was very helpful. I finished the day with a whole set of leaves and a flower along with lots of copper to complete my mobile at home. I'm very much looking forward to completing it and have it in my lounge.
I loved the fact that every item I made/created was totally unique and individual , it's almost as if they were waiting to be discovered within the sheet of copper.
I enjoyed the day and came away with the things I had made. Only downside was that as there were 7 of us in the class I seemed to spend a lot of time waiting to use the equipment.
David J Lilly:
Thanks for your great review. There were in fact only six people on the course and I'd really like to know what you felt you were waiting to use as each participant had their own set of main tools, it was only the specialist tools and single forge that there was limited numbers of. If you can help me improve the experience I'd like to know how.