Metal: Chasing (part 1 of 3)
Master William BjornssonRainier Room B
Note: this class is scheduled from 2:00 PM - 4:50 PM and will not have a break between sessions
Chasing is an embossing technique used on the front of the metal piece to create a relief image. It is done with hammer and punches on the face of the metal sheet. Students will work with a pitch pot and tools provided by the Instructor.
In this hands on introduction, students will learn to create low relief designs on sheet metal using small hammer driven punches. We will also discuss different metalworking traditions and approaches to chasing, various kinds of pitch and their properties, and the design and making of chasing tools. No metalsmithing experience is required, but accuracy with a hammer is very helpful.
Students who wish may bring: a favorite small hammer, an apron, and magnification, either a visor or reading glasses.
There will be a $5 materials fee, and chasing tools may be purchased from the instructor after the class.
Class size limit is 6. Due to space constraints there will not be room for an audience. Please email Master Arion Wanderer (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up for this class in advance.