NOTE: Students under the age of 16 MUST contact Arc + Flame Blacksmithing Director (Candace Martens) for an evaluation prior to enrolling in a smithing class. Candace can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-617-9644.
If you have a question about the facility or registering for a class, please call Arc + Flame directly at 585-349-7110.
Fundamentals of Folds in Copper: Fold Forming is about following what the metal likes to do, rather than forcing a specific form upon it. The concept was developed by Charles Lewton-Brain as a result of his time spent with Klaus Ulrich in Germany. This new system emphasizes creating forms by using the metals own characteristics to achieve naturally beautiful elements rapidly. This workshop will cover a variety of basic folds and depending on students experience and performance will touch on some advanced techniques.
Cool as Sheet: Working in sheet steel (flat stock about 3/16" thick and thinner) offers a plethora of design options for artisans to express themselves. In this class we will explore efficient ways to work with sheet stock including cutting, bending, piercing, chasing and shaping. Layering and attachment methods such at riveting add robust yet pleasant design elements. Structure will also be addressed to yield sufficient rigidity when required. Various surface finish options will be reviewed with respect to the items end use and desired aesthetic. This class will focus on steel sheet though the techniques extend to any metal.
Pictures in Copper: This class will cover the fundamentals of chasing designs in copper using hand tools. Chasing is a series of techniques for the decoration of metalwork by forming the outside of a surface. The metal is worked from the front by hammering with tools that raise, depress, or push aside the metal without removing any from the surface. Chasing is the opposite of embossing or repoussé in which the metal is worked from the back to give a higher relief. Strictly chasing refers to line decoration applied to the face of repoussé work with a tracer but the term is frequently used more generally to describe any hammered or punched decoration on metal.
(NOTE: Above are examples of various topics offered, however each class focuses on only one. The topic of each class is listed with the corresponding date.)
Arc + Flame Metalsmithing Project Workshops are an excellent way to learn and explore working with metals. Our experienced instructors will use a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on instruction to enhance your learning experience.
NOTE: Metalsmithing Classes are very interactive and involve significant physical activity. Please make sure to wear close-toed sneakers or boots, jeans and a cotton t-shirt. Do NOT wear flip-flops, open toed shoes or highly flammable clothing. If you any have concerns with your vision, hearing, hand dexterity or mental health please contact Arc + Flame Center at 585-349-7110 before signing up for this class. We want to ensure the best possible class experience for all of our students!
- 8-hour class period: 9am-5pm
- Enrollment: 3 to 10 students
- Experience required: None
- Breakfast snacks and lunch included in price
- Complimentary coffee available and vending machines
Workshop Schedule: (Each class will focus on the topic listed)
- Saturday, March 31st: Cool as Sheet (9am-5pm)
Student Health / Dress Code / Refund Policy:
NOTE: Our programs are designed to be as inclusive as possible. However, if you have any concerns with your vision, hearing, hand dexterity or mental health please contact Arc + Flame Center at 585-349-7110 before signing up for this class. We want to ensure the best possible class experience for all our students. Please make sure to wear close-toed sneakers or boots, jeans and a cotton t-shirt. Do NOT wear flip-flops, open toed shoes or highly flammable clothing. Please read our class refund policy. If you have any questions, contact our administrative team at 585-349-7110 or email: email@example.com.