Oxyacetylene Sculpture: Torch Welding

Oxyacetylene Sculpture: Torch Welding

Learn to Oxyacetylene weld and use this civilized technique to create sculpture. What’s so civilized about it? It’s a visually beautiful process and really powerful, using the same tool to make gorgeous welds, bend smooth curves, and then cutting through 1″ plate.

This class will run the gamut of oxyacetylene welding techniques: welding, brazing/soldering, heating and bending, cutting, and making creme brulee (jk—still working on that class). For the first two weeks, I’ll take you through a series of practice exercises to demonstrate each of the techniques, culminating in four weeks of project time to make a sculpture of your design. Make a tree base for a lamp, a bowl for fruit, or anything your heart desires (that you could finish in about four weeks–or lay the groundwork and come on in for open shop hours).

Gallery of Student Projects or see get inspiration from sculpture ideas here: Flickr Set

Class Details: Six session class.  Instruction fee is $210, Materials and shop fee is $195 (Total: $405).  Six students max.  Note about wait lists.

Requirements: No prerequisites but you should be comfortable using power tools and not squeamish with loud noises, sparks, or fire. Participants must wear long sleeve cotton shirts and cotton pants/jeans without holes. Pants must cover the tops of your shoes. Please also wear leather or canvas shoes (zero nylon/synthetic materials on the shoes—vans, work boots, cowboy boots—all good). All safety equipment will be provided.  18 or older or instructor permission.


Six Monday Nights, 7-10pm, starting Feb 15, 2016 4 spots available  Julia
Six Saturday Mornings, 9am-noon, starting Mar 26 (6 spots available)  Matt

*all six week classes will skip the week 4/24-4/30 and finish a week later than usual.

Refund/Rescheduling Policy:

Cancellation Policy: We hope you can make the class, but things happen.  If you need to cancel, we can refund your money 7 days ahead of the start of the class (minus a $25 registration fee).  You can reschedule the class 48 hrs before the start of the class.  There are no refunds or rescheduling 48 hrs after that.
For six week classes, the first two classes cover the most critical material.  If you miss one of those, we’ll need you to make it up with a private lesson before continuing on with the class (at a discounted rate of $45/hr).  After the first two, you can make up one class for free during open shop hours when it’s slower (so not Weds or Saturdays).  After that, regular open shop rates apply.  There are no refunds after the first class of a multi-session class.
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