Week One (Recap): What is chasing & repousse; the different types of tools; hammer, pitch and bowls; other accessories; and books!
Learning to line and what will the class project be. How to get the metal into and out of the pitch and not burning yourself and shop safety.
CharlesteinWeek Two: Tracing, transferring and lining the design. Understanding what tools to use where on the design. Trying different hammers of which I have 5 different manufacturers: A generic cheapie, Fretz (2 different types), Picard (5 different sizes), Charlestein and Nechamkin (2 sizes) and tools from different 8+ different makers: Mettleworks, Dawson, Corwin, Nechamkin, Yotkov, Huang, Charlestein, Kern, and a vintage set . Various discussions and demonstrations so they can take a break. Flipping the design they can do repousse the third week.
Week Three: Repousse - what tools to use where, trying various hammers, and again various discussions and demonstrations so the students can take a break. And at the end of the day, flipping the design again so in week four they are ready to start the final chasing.
Week Four - Yesterday!: They relined, planished, textured, undercut and did a bit of deep chasing. And yes, once again trying different hammer, tools plus demo's and discussions!
Yes, they did not 100% finish the project but the worked through ALL of the basic skills which is what this workshop is about.
These students did great - they learned fast and had great questions for me and each other. Here they are with their piece in the bowl.