Fold forming – origami meets metal

Some truly fantastic shapes can be created with fold forming – hammering and annealing sheet metal into three-dimensional pieces. This metalsmithing technique hails from way back in the 1980s. Yes, that’s right; fold forming is only a couple of decades old. 

“Fold-forming is a technique of metalworking whereby metal is folded, repeatedly forged and annealed, and unfolded; at which stage it generally has a dramatic new three-dimensional form.” – wikipedia. 

 Think origami but with metal instead of paper. In fact, one artist, Wendy Edsall-Kerwin, has her students work out ideas using pieces of cardstock in her fold forming class.  Charles Lewton-Brain is credited with developing fold forming. The technique is considered one of a few major innovations in metalworking in thousands of years (except for the Industrial Revolution). 

Expand your repertoire and learn this technique in the upcoming class, Fantastic Fold Forming, taught by Bill Dawson February 26, 2011! 

Fold Forming by Charles Lewton-Brain, Brynmorgen Press 2008.

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