The Shelburne Craft School offers classes and workshops in metal, glass, and blacksmithing in the historic Bunkhouse. The well-ventilated space comes equipped with large work tables and a variety of tools, including a buffer, torches, flex shafts, saws, hammers, stamps, grinders, a light table, soldering irons, and a zinc cutter.
ADULT: Intro to Metals
Materials: $55, Member: $284, Non-Member: $315
Instructor: Brenda-Lee May Prescott
Explore the basics of metalsmithing. Learn how to saw, file, and solder using a torch to make a small piece in copper or brass.
Then using sterling silver make a ring or small pendant. Each class will have a few demos and then time to practice and make.
SPRING 2018: 6 weeks, Tuesday, 10:00am-1:00pm, March 20- May 1, no class April 17
ADULT: Raising Metal
Materials: $35, Member: $189, Non-Member: $210
Instructor: Michael Coffey
The technique of raising is used to create three dimensional forms out of sheet metal, often in the form of cups, bowls, or other voluminous vessels. This class will introduce students to proper tool usage, materials selection, annealing/stress relieving, and more. Students can expect to finish the course with at least one cup, bowl, or other vessel of their choice.
SPRING 2018: 4 weeks, Tuesday, 6:00pm-9:00pm, May 1- May 22 Register Here
WORKSHOP: Chasing and Repoussé
Materials: $35, Member: $95, Non-Member: $105
Instructor: Michael Coffey
This class will explore the basics of Chasing and Repoussé, an ancient technique utilized worldwide to create beautiful works with relatively small amounts of material. The class will begin with students making a set of their own punches in two different sizes, and the tools will then be heat treated and polished. A suggested set of basic projects will be supplied, but students are encouraged to bring examples of the sort of work they would like to produce. Students can expect to go home with their own set of tools as well as a finished piece, perhaps more depending on time constraints and ambition.
SPRING 2018: 1 day, Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm, May 26 Register Here
WORKSHOP: Blacksmith 1 and 2
Instructor: Michael Coffey and Mark Hemley
Materials: $35, Members: $182, Non-Members: $200
Using a forge, students will learn basic black smith techniques such as building and maintaining a fire, hammer control, and more. Students will create hooks, pokers and small leaves during this Level 1two-day workshop. In Level 2, students will continue to develop techniques and skills while making small projects. Materials included. Please bring sack lunch.
SPRING 2018: 2 days, Saturday and Sunday,10:00am-4:00pm, June 2 and 3 Register Here
WORKSHOP: Stained Glass
Materials: $55, Member: $221, Non-Member: $245
Instructor: Chris Jeffrey
This two day workshop is for beginners and for those with some prior experience who would like to brush up on their skills. Students begin by making a small practice panel where they learn how to cut glass and how to put together and solder their panels using the copper foil technique of stained glass assembly. Students will then make their own small stained-glass windows, choosing from among several different designs provided by the instructor. Students should bring their own lunch.
SPRING 2018: 2 days, Saturday and Sunday,10:00am-5:00pm, June 2 and 3 Register Here
SUMMER 2018: 2 days, Saturday and Sunday,10:00am-5:00pm, August 25 and 26 Register Here
All classes must be paid for one week before the beginning of class. Refunds are given one week prior to class, 20% is non-refundable. No refunds for classes you miss during a session. We will not prorate the cost of a class for classes missed. For workshops, you must cancel one week prior to class for a refund (minus the 20%). A full refund will be given if we cancel a class due to low enrollment.
–Winter Cancellation Policy: We follow the Shelburne Community School closing for adult day and after school classes, and office closing CLICK HERE for up-to-date info. If you are enrolled in an evening adult class or weekend workshop your instructor or a staff member will be in touch. We will also post on our Facebook page.