Intro to Coppersmithing

In this weekend workshop students will learn how to form a 12" disc of 18 gauge copper into a large decorative bowl. Using a torch students will anneal the copper disc making it malleable so that it can be formed into a carved out tree stump with a ball-peen hammer. Working in a spiraling pattern from the outside edge to the center, students will gradually sink the copper disc into a bowl shape. The process of heating and hammering will continue until the bowl is complete. Students will learn basic metalsmithing skills by heating, hammering, bending and shaping. The use of color will be explored with heat and patinas. Finishing techniques will include: planishing; (smoothing out bumps), sanding, polishing and adding color with heat and/or patinas.


Woodworking and Craft