Intro to Foldforming: From Line Folds to T-folds & More
Foldforming is a contemporary, rapid, easily learned method of shaping sheet metal with hand tools while creating intricate shapes and forms. Invented by Charles Lewton-Brain, for years foldforming has been recognized as a new way of working metal, in contrast to traditional raising and forming processes.
This informative virtual class concentrates on the core skills for foldforming, from reshaping a hammer to suit the techniques, hammering skills and dexterity, and techniques for a thorough exploration of line folds, which play a central role in the foldforming process. Easy, fast, controlled scoring and bending techniques will also be taught, in addition to a touch of T-folds.
Charles Lewton-Brain studied and worked in Europe and North America. He lectures and publishes internationally on his research into rapid manipulation of metal and it's surface for artistic and manufacturing purposes. He invented Fold-Forming, an internationally reconized new approach to working sheet metals. Head of the Jewellery/Metals Program at the Alberta College of Art and Design, he writes, exhibits and works in his studio. He is President of the Canadian Crafts Federation. He thinks of himself as an artist who works primarily in the context of body ornament. He is a founding partner in the world's largest free educational web site for jewelers, ganoksin.com and has over 700 pages of his writing there.
Comprehensive lists of supplies that will be used for course demonstrations and objectives can be found by clicking HERE. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is strongly encouraged but not required - observers are welcome.