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Fold-Forming I Introduction
A new way to work metal

Fold forming was invented by Mr. Charles Lewton-Brain in the 1980's and is considered by the British Museum Laboratories to be a new way to work metal by hand. The first in thousands of years.

We will introduce Mr. Lewton-Brain's methods of working sheet metal by folding, deforming, and unfolding. There will be demonstration and hands-on work, mostly in copper, which will provide a quick overview of the range of form-folding techniques.

This class is a prerequisite to our Fold-Forming II class which is specifically for blacksmiths about fold-forming iron.

More information on fold forming can be found at: http://www.brainpress.com/Foldforming.html

There is Special Open Smithy time scheduled after the Fold-Forming II classes for those who wish to continue working out ideas and techniques while they're still fresh. If there is room, Fold-Forming I students will be welcome also.

Gift Certificates for Fold-Forming I Introduction are available.

3 hours 1 meeting    dates&times

Instructor: Carl West
$85 per student
12 students maximum (3 per forge)


Required: A rapid Covid test that day.
Yes, really, we're still asking for it in 2024.
It's still out there, and no fun at all.

Please wear proper clothing for visiting or working in the forge:
closed toe shoes (preferably leather, preferably high-topped. Sneakers are sufficient, sandals, crocs, pumps, mules... are not), natural fiber clothing, long pants that cover the tops of the shoes.
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Dates and Times:
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