Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Fold Forming Metal
So I had the idea to create fold formed leaves out of copper. Fold them in half, open them and hammer out organic leaf shapes. Sounds easy enough. Is there some trick I need to know before I start whaling away on a piece of metal? To the internet I goooooooooo.
And found this guy, Charles Lewton-Brain. Give yourself a few minutes over there, I'll wait.
Isn't that incredible? He has a book, which I would love to read. But I need to put that off for a while until we are caught up with bills again. And I need a vise. And a raising hammer. And a peen hammer. And a rolling mill while I'm at it. Look at this photo of hammers. Am I crazy for thinking it is beautiful and exciting?
This is my favorite quote by Charles (you don't mind if I call you Charles, do ya, Chuck?);
"I made a decision a long time ago, particularly with fold-forming, that I wanted to give it away, so it could be used by as many people as possible. The secrecy shrouding so many techniques is evidence of small minds trying to protect small properties."
I for one, am grateful for those masters who have come before me, willing to write, explain, photograph and share what knowledge they have. If you share your gift you have the power to change lives. If you keep it to yourself, you have the power to influence no one but yourself for 60 to 90 years.
Here is a link to his pieces for sale.