Welders, free yourself from the tyranny of rectilinearity! Building on basic fabrication skills from Metalwork Intensive or your dad's garage, in this three-session skills based class we will learn tools and techniques for breaking out of the "box". We will cover the use of a Hossfeld die-bender, making and using custom bending jigs for sheet and rod, rolling curves and rings out of thin-walled pipe and tube, using the torch to achieve sculptural shapes and decorative twists, curving thick walled tube and pipe without industrial pneumatic rollers, and more. Bring ideas for something the curves, and come get bent!
Oxy-gas torch for heating and bending, Hossfeld bender, ring roller, basic twists, freeform curve-cutting in pipe and tube. Some discussion of bending and shallow forming (dishing) sheet metal.
Students must be checked off on Metalworking Support Tools before the start of class. Previous attendance in Metalworking Intensive or the equivalent is helpful, but not necessary. Students must be at least 18 years of age.
Safety equipment and materials for practice samples will be provided, the cost of which is covered by registration for the class. Students are welcome to bring their own materials for bending projects of their own design. Contact teachers to discuss.
What to Bring:
Dress appropriately for work in the metal shop, and bring your ideas for projects outside of the straight tube format!
Required Dress Code:
- Cotton clothing that you don't mind getting dirty (synthetics burn and melt)
- Long sleeves and pants
- Closed-toe shoes
- Something to cover your hair: baseball cap and bandanas work well
Paul Carson is an engineer by training and metalworking enthusiast. After years of making bicycle powered sculptures, a recumbent trike, gas powered bumper cars and other contraptions, he designed his own bicycle building process using the fixture and manufacturing process design skills he learned working as a manufacturing engineer.
David Dowling is a professional large-scale metal fabricator and artist, Asylum member and instructor.
Session 1: Wednesday, December 4, 7PM - 10PM
Session 2: Wednesday, December 11, 7PM - 10PM
Session 3: Wednesday, December 18, 7PM - 10PM
REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than three days in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.
CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.