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Anticlastic Forming

Michael will lead students through a series of exercises designed to teach the principles of Anticlastic Raising - moving metal from flat sheet into complex curved forms. Participants will learn how to use hammers and stakes to create compound curves and complex shapes. Students will have a short time to practice each stage in order to digest the concepts presented before moving on to the next exercise. The goal is for students to gain enough of a foundation in the session to be able to return to their own studios to practice this advanced skill at their leisure.

This workshop is appropriate for students with basic metalsmithing skills, as well as professionals.

Meet the instructor

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Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania of Belgian parents, Michael Good is a designer/sculptor/jeweler whose side interests include physics, philosophy, archeology, and kayaking. Primarily self-taught, Michael is known around the world as the master of Anticlastic Raising.  He has been exploring metal forming for over 25 years and has given workshops for professional organizations, universities, and schools in North America and Europe.  His work is represented in stores, galleries, museums, and private collections around the world.

Materials & Tools

There is a $30 materials fee for this course, which is payable upon registration. The kit will be comprised of bronze sheet (NuGold). Each student will receive 12"x 6" pieces sheet metal and varying gauges.

Complete tool kits will be provided to the students by Michael Good for use during the workshop. The tools may be purchased at the end of class either as a kit or by piece (price varies per tool estimated from $50 - $1,200 for a complete kit.)


Students should bring
  • any of their favorite hand tools such as files, sanding sticks, scribe, saw blades & frame, etc.

  • any hammers (labeled with their name) that they wish to use during the class

  • safety glasses or reading glasses - for working up close

  • other personal hand tools (if not wishing to share communal tools)

  • studio apron

  • studio towel

  • closed-toe shoes - required in the Metalwerx studio

  • lunch - Metalwerx has a fridge, toaster oven, and microwave


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