Father and Son/Daughter
4-Day Coachbuilding/Metal Shaping Class Special!
A father and son/daughter both can attend my four day class for the cost of only one person! All of the dates for our 2018 four day coachbuilding class will be available to choose from. My intent is to make a scaled wire form of this design for the Father and Son or Daughter class. They will make panels for the scaled racer body at the class and they keep the panels and also go home with paper plans enabling them to make their own wire form buck at home to complete the body. Or you can choose to work on one of the many other projects we have going on in our shop!
(Must be 12 years or older)
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December Coachbuilding/Metal Shaping Class results
2018 is just around the corner and we’re planning for a great year.
We have been in our new 20000 sq. ft. shop in Charlton, MA now for two and a half years and we strive to keep improving the shop every day in every way possible.
Our coachbuilding classes are aimed at beginners to very experienced shapers that desire another perspective.
We believe the skill sets required to master the craft of sheet metal shaping should be accessible to all that want to learn. A major stumbling block is the perceived high cost of tools to do masterful work. At our class we teach all of the students that expensive large tools are not a requirement, but they are present in the shop and results can be directly compared with the equally effective but less expensive solutions.
We now have eleven English wheels, one large format double headed power hammer, one Maglio (helve hammer), four shrinker stretchers, two tipping wheels, one Trumpf nibbler with shrink dies, three arbor press shrinkers, six shrinking facilitators, six stumps, six TIG welders, two gas welders, two planishing hammers, and innumerable special tools/hand tools to aid shaping sheet metal and a lot more to come in 2018.
Next year the classes will be about scratch building the following car projects and much more!
We will also have several large scale sculpture projects available.
Project number one: our hot rod project which is an original design hot rod with a lot of sports car lines. In process now (see pictures of current build state) will be available for the December, 2017 classes forward
Project number two: a Virgil Exner inspired futuristic sports car from 1948 will be available for the December, 2017 classes forward
Project number three: a 300S Maserati sports racer. One of the most beautiful car designs ever made.
A wire form will be created by February 2018 and will be available for the classes from February forward
Project number four: a 550 Porsche Spyder another example of one of the most beautiful car designs ever made. A wire form will be created by
April 2018 and will be available for the classes from April forward
Our goal for 2018 is to have at least seven wire forms of some of the world’s best car designs finished for the classes to learn on by the end of the year.
If for any reason you chose a date and cannot make it, you may change to a different date that works for you. The classes run from Friday – Monday 9am – 10pm and can be purchased for $1500 below.
4-Day Coachbuilding/Metal Shaping Class
April 6,7,8,9 (2018)
May 4,5,6,7 (2018)
June 1,2,3,4 (2018)
July 6,7,8,9 (2018)
August 10,11,12,13 (2018)
September 14,15,16,17 (2018)
October 5,6,7,8 (2018)
November 2,3,4,5 (2018)
December 7, 8, 9, 10 (2018)
You do not need a paypal account to pay with paypal. You can simply pay the invoice by Credit card or Debit card and choose not to have your information saved with paypal.
We recommend students attending should bring a welding helmet, gloves, eye and ear protection a notepad and camera.
The class starts at 9:00am till noon. One hour off for lunch (free lunch included everyday). Class resumes at 1:00pm and runs through 5:30pm. Break one and a half hours for supper ( there are at least twenty restaurants in the area.) The class starts again at 7:00pm and runs to till 10:00 pm.
We recommend using https://www.kayak.com/ to book your flight on Thursday (Tuesday thru Thursday are the best days to buy a plane ticket) For your stay we recommend Days Inn in Sturbridge 508 347 1978 ( 10 miles away) offers my students their corporate rate ( around $60.00 per night you must mention you are attending the class) The Days Inn is an excellent motel, I have had zero negative feedback from students. There are at least 20 other motels in the area to choose from.
What you will learn at the Class:
Design and Bucks:
Discussion and demonstration of the different methods used to develop a shape.
Flexible shape patterns
Discussion and demonstration of the full spectrum of tools available to shape sheet metal.
Shop made tooling
How to create a perfect butt joint.
How to make a perfect weld that when done is invisible on both sides of the panel.
How to remove the distortion in the sheet caused by the heat.
How to properly grind and finish welds.
Discussion and demonstration of the many ways to shrink and stretch sheet metal.
Standard compound curves
Reverse compound curves
Different methods used around the world
How to add beads, beltlines, joggles, raised sections, wired edges, flanges, hems, etc.
Methods used to finish a panel so no filler is needed.
Here are a few pictures from previous classes, more pictures from our past classes can be found in our photo gallery.