In addition to classes with Lee Marshall, an excellent teacher
is Susan Kingsley, who wrote the book, “Hydralic die forming for
Metalsmiths,” (title close to that).
Susan’s classes tend to be (IMO) more comprehensive, and more
focused on the artistic possiblities. She’s done this for over
20 years. She’s the metalsmith with whom Lee Marshall consulted
to figure out how to build the new press.
Susan’s classes include: making acrylic matrix dies, making
vessels, using lay out liquid for precise creation of matching
halves, embossing, making steel blanking dies, and using the
brakes (an accessory) to create boxes. They are comprehensive and
she teaches absolutely everything you need to know in a clear way
with copious samples.
From the course descriptions that I have read, it seems that
Lee’s classes tend to be more technical, and less comprensive
(because they tend to be shorter) than Susan’s.
I know she teaches once or twice a year (spring and summer) at
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and at
Craftsummer in Ohio.
I definitely recommend Susan’s book. Publisher: 20 ton Press.
I’ll dig up the ISBN if you need it.
[Hanuman’s Note: ISBN 0-9635832-0-4
20 Ton Press
POBox 222492 CA 93922]