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This class is designed for students who wish to learn the art and skill of shaping sheet metal into compound curves. We will use the English wheel, the shrinker/stretcher, hammer and dolly, and various other tools as appropriate. Past students have made a bird feeder, a fish, a wok, motorcycle and car parts, and other similar things that can only be made using these skills and equipment.
We will start with simple hammer/dolly and English wheel exercises to learn basic shaping skills, and then move on to individual projects as time allows. This is a two day class. You may continue with your project during an open studio.
Instructor Bio: Bill Wentworth studied sculpture and industrial design at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA, and at San Jose State College, San Jose CA. He became interested in metal work at a young age, and became fascinated by the handiwork that went into the custom-made bodies of Italian and British racing cars. As an adult, he studied drafting and the machine trade, which led to a to starting and operating a company that specialized in architectural metal fabrication. He began his career as artist after moving to Poulsbo in 2004, and opened a studio – Sterling Design – in Poulsbo, Washington. He finds that his attention is repeatedly drawn to the natural architecture of plants, a theme which often shows up in his abstract sculpture. You can see some of Bill’s work at NorthwestSculpture.com.