In our workshops we seek to engage with others to inspire
We love to share our knowledge and skills with individuals who are inspired by our work and have an interest in the art of metal shaping.
We offer ‘one to one’ and ‘two to one’ courses all year round and welcome all levels of experience. We will show you how to produce hand finished panels and components with basic tools and equipment and also demonstrate how to use a wheeling machine to produce smooth surfaces on complex double curvature panels.
Courses can be tailored to suit your needs and focus on specific techniques. During the course, we can also touch upon the following in addition to the adjacent list of activities:
Pattern making: Measuring and marking out complex shapes and structures accurately
Jig building: Constructing basic jigs and fixtures to aid reproduction of original parts
Body construction: Aligning panels to create flowing bodylines and parallel gaps
Tool making: How to construct simple tooling to replicate original recesses etc.
At the end of the course, you will go away with a valuable set of skills and confidence necessary to tackle your own project.
OUR WORKSHOPS INCLUDE
Shaping: Hand forming and smoothing double curvature panels to accurately fit a jig and hammering smooth over a steel dolly. We will also teach you elementary use of the wheeling machine.
Flanging: Shrinking and stretching metal to form convex & concave curved flange. You will also learn how to wire a flanged edge.
TIG welding: Joining thin sheets of metal using a TIG welder with or without adding filler rod depending on the application. This is an important technique used in the making and fitting of repair panels and high quality fabrication to produce strong and aesthetically pleasing weld joints.
Oxy-acetylene [gas] welding: Joining thin sheets of metal using a gas torch with or without adding filler rod depending on the material and application. This is a traditional technique used in the making and fitting of repair panels to achieve a seamless joint.
Annealing: Annealing aluminium alloy to aid shaping.