April 1, 2019 April 5, 2019
A thorough grounding in the Japanese metal forming technique called uchidashi or 'pushing down.' In Ford's words:
"Uchidashi is sometimes described as being like Chasing and Repoussé but is actually quite different. It is best described as a form of metal raising with punches rather than a hammer and on pitch instead of steel stakes. This allows for quite high relief and complex forms to be worked up out of flat sheet. Traditionally, uchidashi was the process Japanese metal artists used to create menuki, the remarkable little sculptures that adorn the hilts of the Samurai sword. Pictured are the two exercises we’ll be using to introduce you to this exciting technique. I’ll also be showing you how to achieve that striking ‘fire’ patina on copper, ‘hi-do’."
The uchidashi tool kit is comprised of 15 punches, 1 scraper and 1 hammer. We'll be shaping and heat treating the punches as part of the class. You will leave the class with a full set of tools, ready to continue practicing the technique (just add your own pitch bowl). The toolkit is offered at considerable discount for being a class attendee. The set will be ordered directly from Michael Coffey - his contact details will be supplied after registration, and your kit will be waiting for you at Anneville.
The class takes place on...
April 1 at 9:00 am (Monday)
April 2 at 9:00 am (Tuesday)
April 3 at 9:00 am (Wednesday)
April 4 at 9:00 am (Thursday)
April 5 at 9:00 am (Friday)
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