A Hydraulic press class is being offered in North Carolina, October
17 October 23, 2011: Classes on Oct. 18 Oct. 22, Tuition for 5 days
of classes, lodging for 6 nights, 17 meals, and all gratuities for
Chris Darway: Hydraulic Press for Production ~ Cutting & Forming Dies
Materials Kit & Lab fee $ 145 (Materials kit includes optional
rotating bench pin) This is a fast and simple metal working
technique for the small shop or single craftsman to produce multiples
of a design without having to saw each piece one at a time. The tools
used are a jeweler’s saw, a modified bench pin, and a drill.
The process can be compared to cutting cookies out of dough with a
cookie cutter except for the fact that we will be using mild tool
steel to punch softer metal sheet (silver, copper, gold, etc.). The
effect is the same. We can produce exact multiples of the original
design. During the five day workshop we will go over the design of
the die, layout, sawing and use of the hydraulic press. Each student
will produce several steel blanking dies. I will have samples of
work and will show slides related to the process. I will demo a
method of making a urethane die from a clay model. This opens up
more possible uses of forming with the press.
The materials kit includes: the rotation bench pin, one steel piece
which will yield 3-4 blanks, 4 acrylic blanks, and both styles of
saw blades suggested by instructor. $141.90 of materials kit is
optional if you alreadyhave them. Details are on the website for
Florida Society of Goldsmiths.