In recent years, the making of pattern welded steel has enjoyed a revival. It is a material you make yourself, by joining together layers of different iron/steel, to develop a layered structure exhibiting decorative surface patterns. This piece of material may then be used to make a small decorative and/or functional object.
The course will cover:
Background: the history of the material and examples of its use and development as a material.
Preparation: the steps required to create a successful piece of pattern welded steel.
Design: to help you develop a working plan for your finished object.
Processes: step-by-step production with discussions to help you understand the steps required to make great Damascus steel and turn it into a beautiful object.
Finishing: helping you achieve the best appearance for your finished Damascus steel object.
The course provides an opportunity to understand, explore and develop ideas using this ancient technique. Some previous experience of blacksmithing may be helpful, but is not essential. You are introduced to the decorative possibilities of making Damascus steel enabling you to investigate its creative applications.
What you want to make is up to you, and your tutor will do his best to help you realise these designs.
Common uses of Damascus steel include kitchen knives, tools, and jewellery. If you’re not sure what you would like to make your tutor will help inspire you. Examples of potential designs will be provided and discussed at the beginning of the course and you will have the opportunity to discuss your ideas with the tutor.
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 until 9pm, 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 please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)