Design and make a sculptural metal bird, fish, reptile or insect for your garden or pond from sheet metals and collected materials.
Materials provided for use will be sheet metals such as copper, steel, aluminium, tin plate, rod, wire and tube. You may also wish to bring in other materials such as plastics, glass marbles, olive oil cans, colourful washing up bowls or any other reclaimed treasure.
Techniques explored will be; cutting, annealing, forming and shaping using hammers, spot welding, soldering and riveting.
Evening working – the Forge is not open in the evening.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from
4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but
only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and
safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length.
The tutor may make slight variations)
- Metal that is stocked by the College;
- Copper, Aluminium, Rivets, Steel sheet, Steel wire.
What students need to bring
- Bring images of birds and insects for inspiration.
- For your safety, it is mandatory to wear steel toe capped safety boots when undertaking a course in the Forge. Students must provide their own footwear. If you fail to bring suitable footwear, you will not be able to take part in the course.
- Safety boots can be purchased from most tool hire shops and builders merchants as well as online.
- You will need clothing suitable for workshop use (please note that the Workshop can sometimes feel cool/cold so please bring warm clothing).
- You will need clothing suitable for workshop use, together with steel toe capped boots. Please note that cotton or wool clothing is preferable to nylon or other synthetics. A pair of cotton jeans is far more protective than a pair of nylon trousers.
- Protective Clothing Supplied:
- Leather aprons, work gloves, safety spectacles and ear defenders are provided in the Forge, and suitable protective clothing must be worn.
- You may wish to bring any of the above, if you have them. If, for example, you have particularly large or small hands, your own work gloves are likely to be a better fit.
Please note: This course is held in the Forge which is 10 minutes walk from the main house through the walled garden, or can be accessed by car. We have morning coffee and afternoon tea at the Old Dairy but return to the main house for lunch.
Please note that tutor supervision is required at all times when students work in the forge. The tutor’s instruction on health and safety will include access to and use of the power hammer.