Metal Fabrication for Artists and Designers



This fantastic two day ‘hands on’ workshop will explore a wide variety of metal construction techniques introducing and understanding the many useful metalworking machines and processes available in metalworking shop. The aim is to get you confident and handy, able to design and fabricate useful artworks or objects, structures in metal in the LSW shop or your studio/shed. Starting with some fundamentals on the first morning exploring a wide range of tools, processes and method available in the workshop through making, onto a second day of personal projects with professional advice and guidance from an experienced tutor. For beginners there is a project available, but also useful professional advice and insight for creatives with their own project ideas.

What's included in the price?

1. An intense introduction to different metals, identification, properties, uses, shapes… 2. Specialist metalworking tools, for marking and measuring, 3. Drill bill 101, picking out and using the right cutting bits for best results. 4. Hand tools for metal, snips, punches, rivets and riveters, electric hand tools. 5. Making threads with taps and dies. 6. How to read a drawing, mark, measure, cut, fold and fix a sheet metal project. 7. Correct and safe operation of machine shop tools; Bench/pillar drills, finisher grinder, shears, guillotine, notcher, box and pan folder, bandsaw, bar bender, slip rolls… 8. Mig welder, spot welder and plasma cutter. Participants will get hands-on with a wide range of metalworkers, engineers tools, handle different metals, fixings and cutting tools. You will make some sample riveted and welded joins. Follow through a sheet metal project to mark, cut and fold your own metal box form using the machine shop. Use the Mig and spot welders. The second day will allow you time explore tools and materials for your own project as well opportunity to try out many other tools and processes.


2 days

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


London Sculpture Workshop (LSW) is a not for profit CIC and artist led maker space, founded in 2012 by graduates from The Royal College of Art (RCA) and The Slade School of Fine Art as an open access sculpture workshop with a short course programme. LSW was founded to meet the need for accessible, inclusive, affordable, high-quality facilities for anyone who wants to make in 3D.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Public transport
  • Parking provided
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London Sculpture Workshop, Unit 0, Mellish Industrial Estate, Harrington Way, LONDON, Greater London, SE18 5NR