Penland Metals Studio

Penland Metals Program

The Penland metals program offers beginning to advanced workshops in traditional and contemporary metalsmithing. Two studios provide space and specialty equipment for the exploration of concept and technique in metals. The scope of each workshop is determined by the instructor with input from our program director and support from our programming staff. Our versatile facility and high caliber artist/educators allow us to provide relevant programming in topics from jewelry design and metal fabrication to mixed media sculpture and everything in between. We strive for a balance of technical and aesthetic content and value all cultural and historical perspectives. We offer workshops that inspire and challenge students from curious beginners to accomplished professionals. Our programming is current in spirit and respectful of craft traditions.

The studios are very flexible and are particularly well equipped for fabrication, casting, enameling, hollowware, etching, and finishing for jewelry and small objects. The range of workshop topics includes, but is not limited to, jewelry design and fabrication, stonesetting, cold connections, small sculpture, working with found objects and alternative materials, production design and marketing, patination and color, kinetics, electroforming, toolmaking, raising and forming, chasing and repoussé, and engraving. Materials and techniques are combined in a myriad of ways, and instructors often ground technical exploration with conversations about historic and/or current context, design, or idea generation. Recent instructors include Myra Mimlitsch Gray, Sondra Sherman, Hiroko Yamada, Bob Ebendorf, Lola Brooks, Michael Good, Elizabeth Turrell, David Clemons, Suzanne Pugh, Lynn Batchelder, Boris Bally, Simon Cottrell, Attai Chen, Kristin Beeler, and Don Friedlich, among many others.

Our workshops take place in two well-equipped, well-maintained, and safe metals studios designed to accommodate diverse content and working styles. There are benches for each student, well-ventilated soldering stations, kilns, an acid room, a tool room with work space, and covered outdoor work and meeting spaces.

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 and requires a small padlock. 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 propane/oxygen torches
13 jeweler’s benches with Foredom flexshafts and bench pins
1 burnout kiln
4 enameling kilns
Centrifugal caster, vacuum table & 2 vacuum casters
Vulcanizer
Wax injector
Wax working tools
Step shear
Hydraulic press
Files
3 anvils
6" flat rolling mill
Durston 150mm wire & flat rolling mill
Draw bench
Dapping punches & block
Disc cutters
Assorted chasing tools
3 vises
Buffing machines
Grinder
2" belt sander
1" belt sander
Sandblaster
Drill press & 2 micro drill presses
Small slip roller
Nuetec vacuum caster
Oxy/propane Swiss torch
10" bandsaw
Metals library
Tumbler with assorted media
Assorted hammers/mallets
Assorted hand tools
Assorted layout/measure & marking tools

Lower Metals

4 Smith acetylene/air torches
4 Smith mini propane/oxygen torches
13 jeweler’s benches with Foredom flexshafts and bench pins
6 vises
2 anvils
80mm flat/groved rolling mill
Power Durston 150mm rolling mill
Lathe & tooling
Knee mill & tooling
Files
6" hydraulic deep draw press & tooling
Bending brake
Large band saw
2 drill presses
2 vented acid etching booths
Electroplating/forming station
Beverly shear
Stumps for sinking
Assorted chasing tools
Sand bags for sinking/forming
Dapping punches & block
Disc cutters
Tumbler with stainless steel shot
Raising/forming stakes
Assorted hammers/mallets
Assorted hand tools
Assorted layout/measure & marking tools

In storage we also have: 16 assorted sized pitch bowls, a mini forge, hot plates, Sparkie fusion welder, alcohol lamps, 4" belt sander, scroll saw, large propane annealing torch, cordless drill, an angle grinder, and assorted enameling supplies.

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's 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 and 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 5pm followed by dinner in the Pines. Classes start Sunday at 8:30pm. 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 clean-up; 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 x 1124
E-mail Address: