Penland Metals Studio

Iron Studio

Lower metals


Iron Studio

 


Iron Studio

 


Iron Studio

Milling machine in lower metals



Iron Studio

Upper metals

Iron Studio

 


Iron Studio

 

Iron Studio

 


Iron Studio

Upper metals porch

Classroom

The two metals studios are housed in the Edward Fortner Metals Studio in between the Main Office and the Clay Studios. The studios are named Upper and Lower Metals and both are accessible from outside as well as being connected by an inside staircase on the south wall. The classrooms are slightly different but both have a bench room/classroom that is adjacent to an equipment room where noisy, heavy, or hot work is done. At most there will be twelve students in your class. Each studio also has a stereo and a refrigerator for your convenience.

Student Workspace and Storage

Each student gets his or her own bench at which to work. Each bench has an incandescent lamp, flex shaft, bench pin, chair, and lockable storage. The storage space is approximately 1 cubic foot of space and requires a small pad lock. Students should bring their own lock or one can be rented or purchased from the school store, quantities are limited.

Equipment

Upper Metals

4 Smith acetylene/air torches
4 Smith mini acetylene/oxygen torches
1 burnout kiln
5 enameling kilns
Centrifugal caster, vacuum table & 2 vacuum casters
Vulcanizer
Wax injector
Step shear
Hydraulic press

3 anvils
6" flat rolling mill

Durston 150mm wire & flat rolling mill
Draw bench
Dapping punches & block
Disc cutter
3 vises
Buffing machines
Grinder
1 split lap polishing wheel

2" belt sander
1" belt sander
Sandblaster
Drill press & 2 micro drill presses

Slip roller

St. Louis 82 investment machine

Nuetec vacuum caster

Full enamel supply

2 Swiss torches oxy/acytelene

10" bandsaw

Sprue cutter

Metals library
Tumbler with assorted medium
Assorted hammers/mallets
Assorted hand tools

Assorted layout/measure & marking tools

Lower Metals

4 Smith acetylene/air torches
4 Smith mini acetylene/oxygen torches
Large propane/compressed air annealing torch
6 vises
2 anvils
80mm flat/groved rolling mill

Power Durston 150mm rolling mill

Lathe & tooling

Knee mill & tooling

TIG/MIG welder

6" hydrolic deep draw press & tooling
Bending brake
Band saw
2 drill presses
2 vented acid etching booths
Electroplating/forming station
Beverly shear
Scroll saw
Dapping punches & block
Disc cutter
Tumbler stainless steel shot
Raising/forming stakes
Assorted hammers/mallets
Assorted hand tools

In storage we also have: 14 assorted sized pitch bowls, a mini forge, hot plates, alcohol lamps, 4" belt sander, and an angle grinder.

This list of equipment is not comprehensive; it is meant to give you an idea of what to expect during your class at Penland. Keep in mind that although we have the equipment it may not be necessary for your class and it may not be prepared for use. The equipment used by your class will be determined by your Instructor and will be appropriate to the techniques covered in your class.

Shared Studio Equipment

Shared air space/ music: Each class should discuss the playing of music and reach a consensus on the time of day, the volume, and the type of music to be played. Tolerance and consideration are expected from everyone.

The equipment in the metals studios is shared equipment. If there is equipment you need to use in the other metals studio, you are more than welcome to use it as long as you are not interrupting a demo or someone else's work on that equipment. You are also welcome to relocate smaller tools to suit your needs, as long as you return the tool to its place of origin when you are finished using it.

If during your session you wish to use equipment in any of the other studios at Penland, you must work with the instructor, studio assistant or coordinator of that studio to arrange access. They will determine if the use is compatible with their class' activities, and if you are able to work safely and independently with the equipment.

Toolkits

Beginner toolkits are available for check out. These kits include: saw frame, ring clamp, pliers, center punch, bench block, and a small rivet hammer. There is a small rental charge, and students are responsible for replacing lost or damaged tools.

Supplies and Materials

Some general materials and supplies are kept in stock at the Penland School Store. In the metals section you will find the following (i.e., enamels & tool steel):



Silver Solder
(Hoover & Strong)

         

Hard

Wire

 

 

 

 

Medium

Wire

 

 

 

 

Medium/Hard

Solder

 

 

 

 

Easy

Wire

 

 

 

 

Sheet

 

 

 

 

 

Copper

18ga

20ga

22ga

24ga

 

Brass

18ga

20ga

 

 

 

Nickel

18ga

 

 

 

 

Sterling Silver

18ga

20ga

22ga

24ga

 

Fine Silver

18ga

20ga

 

 

 

Round Wire

 

 

 

 

 

Copper

14ga

16ga

18ga

20ga

22ga

Brass

18ga

20ga

 

 

 

Nickel

18ga

20ga

 

 

 

Sterling Silver

14ga

16ga

18ga

20ga

22ga

Fine Silver

16ga

18ga

 

 

 

Half-round Wire

 

 

 

 

 

Sterling Silver

5ga

6ga

8ga

10ga

12ga

Casting Grain

 

 

 

 

 

Sterling Silver

 

 

 

 

 

Fine Silver

 

 

 

 

 

Tubing

 

OD

 

 

 

Sterling Silver

TBL

1.5mm

 

 

 

(Hoover & Strong)

 

2.0mm

 

 

 

 

TBM

2.5mm

 

 

 

 

 

4.0mm

 

 

 

 

TBX

6.0mm

 

 

 

Copper

Various Sizes

 

 

 

 

Brass

Various Sizes

 

 

 

 



Unless the instructor has asked for a specific material and/or size, or you foresee needing something other than what is listed above, then you should bring your own material.

The School Store also carries small expendable tools such as: saw blades, sandpaper, drill bits, assorted rotary tool bits, and some small hand tools. It is best to bring your own favorite hand tools and rotary tool bits for use at the bench. The store accepts cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, and Penland Tender.

*Instructors, quantities are limited at the School Store so please notify the coordinator if specific materials and/or sizes will be primarily used.

As a class uses supplies, gases, expendable materials, and special materials requested by the instructor; a studio fee will be assessed.

Safety Information

Your instructor will list any specific safety equipment required in his or her list of materials. In addition to what your instructor lists, you should bring safety goggles, a particle mask or respirator, hearing protection, gloves, an apron, and a shop towel for drying your work. These items are also available for purchase at the School Store if you wish to purchase them when you arrive.

There is a mandatory studio/safety tour at the beginning of every class. The tour or walk-through is an introduction to the studio space and the safety equipment. Each studio has three fire extinguishers, a first aid kit, and an eyewash station. The lower studio has a safety shower by the large annealing torch, and a safety shower and eyewash station in the etching room. Penland has a hazardous waste removal program so all studio waste is properly disposed of. If your class generates any hazardous waste, you will be charged a small fee to pay for its removal.

Alcohol is not permitted in the studio. Working while intoxicated is prohibited. No illegal drugs are allowed on campus.

Session Schedule

Each session starts with an all school meeting Sunday evening at 5 p.m. followed by dinner in the Pines. Classes start Sunday at 8:30 p.m. Classes end and studio clean-up takes place the day before your session ends. The last day of each session is reserved for farewells and an all school exhibition of work created during your time at Penland.

Everyone must participate in studio cleanup; if you must leave early, please ask the studio assistant to assign you clean-up tasks you can accomplish before your departure.


If you have questions contact:
Metals Studio Coordinator: Ian Henderson
Office: 828-765-2359 x124
E-mail Address: