Workshops

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Intro to Oxy-Acetylene Welding Workshop

A 3-hr workshop that covers the basics of oxy-acetylene welding and cutting, familiarization with the gas tanks, welding and and metal cutting practice with the torch.
Oxy-fuel is one of the oldest welding processes, though in recent years it has become less popular in industrial applications. However, it is still widely used for welding pipes and tubular structures, as well as in repair work. It is also frequently well-suited (and favored) for fabrication of metal-based artwork.

Intro to Stick Welding Workshop

In this 3-hr Stick welding workshop,you will learn studio and personal safety,how the welding the welding equipment functions and then practice your new skills. Stick welding is one of the most common types of arc welding, and is sometimes referred to as shielded metal arc welding (SMAW); it is also known as manual metal arc welding (MMA) or stick welding. Electric current is used to strike an arc between the base material and consumable electrode rod, which is made of steel and is covered with a flux that protects the weld area from oxidation and contamination by producing carbon dioxide (CO2) gas during the welding process. The electrode core itself acts as filler material, making a separate filler unnecessary.

IMG_9097Intro to MIG Welding Workshop

In this 3-hr overview of MIG welding, you will learn studio and personal safety, how the welding equipment works, and then practice your welds! Gas metal arc welding (GMAW), also known as metal inert gas or “MIG” welding, is a semi-automatic or automatic process that uses a continuous wire feed as an electrode and an inert or semi-inert gas mixture to protect the weld from contamination.

Intro to TIG Welding Workshop

In this 4-hr overview of TIG welding applications,you will learn studio and personal safety, learn how the equipment functions and then practice your welds!  TIG welding provides the versatility to weld many varieties of alloys and metals than any other arc welding process. Students will then apply the demonstrated techniques to create a welding sample in mild steel.

Weld-a-Critter Workshop

A 4-hour mini-course in MIG welding allows each student to complete a welded “critter.” This workshop will cover studio and personal safety, along with welding equipment function and uses. Gas metal arc welding (GMAW), also known as metal inert gas or MIG welding, is a semi-automatic or automatic process that uses a continuous wire feed as an electrode and an inert or semi-inert gas mixture to protect the weld from contamination. Students will take home a welded “critter” which they will weld during the workshop.

8-Hour Welding Intensive

This is a comprehensive overview of Oxy-Acetylene, Stick, and MIG welding.This workshop will cover studio and personal safety and welding equipment function. All participants will complete a small welded sculpture created using these three forms of welding to take home.

Oxy-Acetylene welding covers the basics of oxy-acetylene welding and cutting, familiarization with the gas tanks, welding and and metal cutting practice with the torch. Oxy-fuel is one of the oldest welding processes, though in recent years it has become less popular in industrial applications. However, it is still widely used for welding pipes and tubular structures, as well as in repair work. It is also frequently well-suited (and favored) for fabrication of metal-based artwork.

Stick welding is one of the most common types of arc welding, and is sometimes referred to as shielded metal arc welding (SMAW); it is also known as manual metal arc welding (MMA) or stick welding. Electric current is used to strike an arc between the base material and consumable electrode rod, which is made of steel and is covered with a flux that protects the weld area from oxidation and contamination by producing carbon dioxide (CO2) gas during the welding process. The electrode core itself acts as filler material, making a separate filler unnecessary.

“MIG” welding, or gas metal arc welding (GMAW), also known as metal inert gas welding, is a semi-automatic or automatic process that uses a continuous wire feed as an electrode and an inert or semi-inert gas mixture to protect the weld from contamination.

Make a Ring Workshop

IMG_8362An overview of basic jewelry making techniques (students learn how to cut metal, file, and solder) – each student to leave the workshop with TWO completed rings! All materials are inclued.

Make a Ring/Stone Setting Workshop

Learn the basics of jewelry making (students learn how to cut metal, file, and solder) while creating a silver ring with a bezel set stone. All materials are included.
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Make a Pendant Workshop

An introduction to stone setting and basic jewelry making techniques. Students learn how to cut metal, file, and solder. Each student creates a silver pendant or pin. We offer a variety of stones to choose from. All materials are included.

 Intro to Enameling: Pendant Surface Exploration

In this 4-hour workshop, students learn how to enamel using both torch and kiln. Multiple techniques covered including templates, adhering silver leaf and other leaf metals, stamp and roll patterns for champlevé – melting glass beads into the enamel. The goal of the class is to enable each student to leave with two ready-to-wear hand-crafted pendants.

Sculpting With Hydrocal Workshop

You have inside your mind the architecture of your imagination, so consider building directly without intermediate steps and with a strong plastery material (Hydrocal). This is a workshop for you if you like to create unusual spaces and structures: think Gaudi of Barcelona or the Watts Towers, or native American living spaces. Using direct casting methods from cardboard into plaster, construct a mysterious table-top habitation, a tower, an adobe-like southwest building, a dream house. Recycle one or two of your own coffee / oatmeal cartons and/or cardboard boxes, if you like, and reinforce them with possible insertions of wood, metal, almost anything, then apply thin walls of plaster to make hidden rooms, windows to let in light and keep adding on.We have the materials you need. Find out how to print or transfer colors and textures to the cast from the mold, and then experiment with your untested notions of what might work. Surprise yourself!  Teacher: Peter Lipsitt

Sheet Metal Forming Workshop

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Traditional hand forming techniques commonly used in auto body fabrication will be explored during this workshop. Some of these techniques are stretching, compressing and applying strategic heat.  A brief survey of applications for these techniques, in combination with other processes such as welding will be covered. Participants will create mild steel samples primarily using an oxy-acetylene torch and forming hammers.

 

We have a lot of great teachers and we rotate the workshop schedule to give all instructors an opportunity to teach the various classes.

Welding Teachers: Benjamin Todd, Terrance Wong, Grace Hilliard-Kochinsky, Dale Savit
Jewelry Teachers: Stephanie Dicecca, Dale Savit, Sophia Poulos, Alissa Saginaw, and Annika Rundberg.