About the Course
WTF (Women Teaching Fabrication) Workshops is a pop-up metal workshop run by two female artisans with a broad range of skills and experience as freelance fabricators in the Arts industry. From events, theatre, TV and film to retail display.
We offer a one-day intensive course, suitable for all levels of experience. Consecutive days can be booked if you'd like to do a larger or more complicated project, or if you'd like to deepen your skills to gain a higher level of proficiency.
The day will start with a health and safety induction, followed by demonstrations (and some theory) on the tools and facilities available, then we will be jumping straight in to the scrap pile and getting our hands dirty!
Throughout the day participants will be shown all the skills and techniques needed in order to complete their chosen project in the time available, with practical, artistic and problem solving advice on hand from us all the way, if needed.
Ours is a really hands-on, student-led style of workshop, where everyone will choose their own project, set their own working pace, and go home having made an item (or perhaps several items) of original hand made creative metal craft.
There will be a huge variety of interesting pieces of scrap metal to choose from, most of which are included in the course price. Some extra special pieces may cost a little extra, for example, particularly large items, rare items or things like lamp parts, Edison bulbs and clock movements.
We have mood boards to inspire your designs and help with some suggestions for anyone who has a creative block on the day.
We can also advise on equipment choices for those who really get the welding bug! We often have people return to us having set themselves up with the kit, and want extra tuition to get the results they want.
Tools available include:
Oxy-propane torch for heat bending and cutting
...and many hand tools!
Group sizes are between three and six participants to two teachers.
All are welcome.
Young children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Teenagers under 18 will need a parent or guardian to sign a disclaimer.
Apart from the skills and creativity, we aim for us to all have a really enjoyable day! We hope to hear from you soon.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Materials and consumables included.
All tools, equipment and PPE (personal protective equipment)
Tea, coffee and snacks.
We ask you to come along wearing suitable non-synthetic clothing with long sleeves and closed-toe, solid footwear. We also recommend you bring a packed lunch.
Superb course run in a relaxed yet very informative way. The instructors had a great way of letting the participants learn by offering an environment where they provided a healthy level of guidance prior to letting us use the various equipment within the workshop. I have always wanted to get to use and understand the principles of MIG welding and this course not only met my personal requirements but I left feeling confident to go and set up my own workshop at home. The icing on the cake was the items I created whilst on the course - I was there for 2 days but could easily have filled another day in just doing stuff. Loads of metal and bits to weld and create and all part of the great experience.
As a parent, (kids now considerably older than being at school), but if you have a child interested in doing creative welding, or just building the confidence and you are interested in learning together I reckon this would be a fantastic time spent - and you can take home not only something you have made together but learnt towards a new skill.
Great value for the money in my opinion.
Thank you for your time and support.... B
Bruce Jubb - - #23589
Response from WTF Workshops:Thank you so much! :)
Absolutely amazing course! These two young women have huge amounts of knowledge, skill, and fun! You are well supervised, but also given free rein to try things out independently. I have now, well and truly got the welding bug thanks to these amazing women. (Wish I could move in!) VS
Creative Scrap metal welding - - #20872
As a novice to welding, both Annie and Felix, the course instructors were patient and informative. They allowed me to be independent with my work and instructed when I sought help. Both were knowledgeable and advised on the minimum equipments needed and the manufacturers to avoid to set up a workshop in my garage.
Viswa - - #20741
As a total beginner this workshop proved to be just what I was looking for, providing a safe introduction to the type of tools and techniques available to use in creating metal sculptures. There was plenty of equipment and scrap metal raw materials to choose from, and advice, instruction and creative suggestions were provided when needed to help everyone achieve their chosen metal project. A very enjoyable and productive couple of days....
Rob - - #19152
Good facilities for metalworking, friendly and informative tutors. Thoroughly enjoyable with everybody achieving their vision of a sculpture/piece.
Wendy Gyles - - #18855
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
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