The basic techniques used to transform sheet copper into hollow forms.
You will learn how to anneal copper so it becomes soft and maleable.
We will work with hammers, stakes, anvils and other improvised tools and look at the hammer techniques needed to make a hollow form like a bowl.
What will I make on the course?
At the end of the course you will go home with a hand hammered bowl. There will be time for you to decorate the bowl to your own design.
Who is the course suitable for?
The course is suitable for complete beginners who have never tried coppersmithing before. You might enjoy this course if you've been on our Blacksmithing Taster course and want to develop your knowledge of metalworking.
What is included?
All materials are included in the course fee. Personal protective equipment is also provided and must be worn at all times. We will provide tea and coffee.
What should I wear?
It is essential that you wear old clothes made of natural fibres i.e. not made of a flammable material such as polyester. You must wear sturdy shoes that cover your whole foot (if you are wearing sandals you will not be allowed to participate in the course).
What should I bring?
You might want to bring a note book. Please be aware that there are no cafes or shops within walking distance of the forge.
The minimum age for this class is 17 however we love working with young people and if you are the parent or guardian of someone younger than 17 who would like to join us for a class please contact us to discuss your needs.
Can I make a knife or blade on the course?
No, this is not a bladesmithing course and we will not be covering special techniques such as tempering and grinding needed to make a blade. However, if you are interested in bladesmithing an introductory course to blacksmithing is a good place to start.
About the Tutor:
Lizzie Hughes is an artist who trained at The Slade School of Fine Art. She has exhibited internationally and in the UK in galleries including The Whitechapel Gallery and The William Morris Gallery. Earlier this year Bathurst Regional Council invited her to be Artist in Residence in Hill End, a former gold mining town in New South Wales, Australia.
Where To Find Us:
We located at Lambourne End Centre for Outdoor Learning, Manor Road, Essex,
RM4 1NB. If you are arriving by car there is parking on site.
We know that sometimes schedules change and when this happens we do our best to accomodate you. However as our student numbers are very small last minute changes are very difficult for us. If you're booking for a friend please check that they are available before you make a booking. We only refund cancellations up to 30 days before the start of a course.