Repoussé and Chasing Basics
Repoussé and chasing are ancient techniques that uses the natural qualities of non-ferrous metals to create beautiful art and utilitarian objects. Repoussé is the process of creating a raised design from the backside of a piece of malleable metal, while chasing is the opposite process of refining the design by pushing the metal from the front. Relatively simple, usually handmade tools are used to push and form cold metal into forms that are not possible using any other technique. In this starter class we will be using lightweight hammers and small chisels to work 4-inch copper tiles in a pitch bowl. The selection of projects is up to you; we'll have an assortment of patterns and forms to chose from or you can bring your own ideas and sketches.
When you start class you'll be assigned a toolbox with everything you need to start chasing copper. Please provide your own hearing protection (ear plugs) and safety glasses and wear clothing appropriate for a shop environment.
Instructor: Brad Buxton has spent many years guiding students in making a wide range of workshop projects, including woodworking, boatbuilding, metalworking, and blacksmithing. He recently spent two years in the Middle East teaching boatbuilding. Temperatures there made blacksmithing and other hot metal projects unworkable so he added another craft to his list: repoussé and chasing copper and bronze.
Repoussé Tool Making
Now that you've learned and practiced basic repoussé and chasing skills, your next step is to make your own tools. Join this workshop to start building your own set, while also discussing how to set up your own shop and continuing to learn copper forming techniques.
Instructor: Brad Buxton
5 weeks: Dates TBD on demand - contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested!
Fee: $195 ($150 tuition + $45 materials)