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Metal Form-Folding Workshop

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


This workshop is designed for everyone who has no knowledge or skill of metal folding but who wants to try their hand – but beware it can be a noisy day (even wearing ear-defenders). The cost for the day is £99.00 and includes use of tools and all the materials needed. There are a maximum of six places on each course and they usually run on a Saturday from September through to May. Book early to avoid disappointment, or you may prefer to start by calling David on 07796-141180 to find out about suitability and available places. Booking can be done using PayPal further down the page.

If you are a group of between four and six we can run a metal folding workshop especially for you, again please call David to discuss your preferred date.

Please Note:

There is wheelchair access to the workshop, but not the toilets


The day starts at 10.00am with a brief chat and look through some samples pieces made by David, followed by a demonstration of how to do some basic metal folding using some of the methods devised by the Canadian Charles Lewton-Brain. Students are then given a range of tools, copper and aluminium sheet to work with.

The methods of working the metal include could manipulation using hammers and hands and heating the metal with blow-torches between cold-working.  The hot metal is quenched in water after each heating and manipulated further towards the desired shape.  Students are encouraged to just play at the beginning rather than attempting specific outcomes until they become familiar with the tools and how the metal responds to being worked on. Students will also be using Pickle (a diluted sulphuric acid) to clean their work before finally colouring it with the application of heat.

The morning continues with experimentation and students can stop for lunch any time they want as they all work at their own pace. There are two pubs and other places to eat 10 minutes down the road in Steyning, or you can bring food to eat in at the studio. In warm weather, you can sit outside and enjoy the view across the Adur valley. After lunch, we look at what each student has created in the morning and discuss what they fancy making in the afternoon as a finished item.  This might be a bowl, a piece of jewellery or mobile.   The day concludes at 4.00pm but extends through to when each student finishes their project – and they get to go home with what they made!

Please Note:

When you book you are booking for a specific date. You should not expect this booking to be changed if you decide not to attend the date you booked. The workshop only runs with a minimum of 4 students. If we do not reach that level within 3 days of the course date you will be advised of its cancellation and offered either a refund or a future date. If you book for a workshop your contact details will be kept on file and we may be used in the future emails about similar offers.  If you would prefer not to be contacted in the future please let us know.  We will not sell or pass on your contact details to any other organisation.


February 9
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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David Lilly
07796 141180


David J LIlly – Making Beauty Manifest
Drum Barn, Applesham Farm, Coombes Road
Coombes, BN15 0RP
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07796 141180