Cast Brass Trivet
Cast Brass Trivet
Three day workshop:
Tuesday, July 3,2018 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Patternmakers build wooden forms, called "patterns," that are use to create moulds for sand casting. In foundries, the patterns are pressed into wet sand to create an impression. Molten metals are poured into it. Cast iron gears and pulleys from the Victorian era were made this way and some contemporary manufacturing still involves sand casting. Patterns must withstand moisture and be made to exacting specifications. This makes them some of the most challenging things to make out of wood. Patternmakers' trade is becoming obsolete, however, as industrial methods change. This class offers a rare opportunity to try your hand at wooden patternmaking. Over the first two classes, you'll build a triangular trivet out of walnut. We'll talk about some of the principles of patternmaking as well as woodworking joinery. Then we'll take a 3 week break while the class' patterns are sent to a family-run foundry in Etobicoke to be cast in brass. In our last class, we'll clean the dust from sand casting off of the walnut trivets and polish the cast brass ones made from them. You'll go home with both! Together, they'll make a beautiful centrepiece (and story) to share with your friends and family.
The class overlaps with Carey Jernigan and Julia-Campbell Such's show Patternmaker at Craft Ontario, which similarly explores wooden patternmaking in the context of contemporary work. https://www.craftontario.com/exhibitions/upcoming.html
The class fee includes materials.
All skill levels are welcome.
Participants must be 18 years +
All classes are non-refundable so please ensure that the given date works for you. In the unlikely event that we need to cancel, you'll receive at least two days notice and a full refund.