Ron Covell is changing the format of his workshops for 2021. The workshops will be hands-on, and limited to no more than two students each day. The small class size ensures that you will get plenty of individual attention, and you’ll quickly learn that Ron loves to help people expand their horizons. Ron has been teaching since 1995 - helping over 10,000 students to date, in 9 countries around the world. His years of building award-winning cars and motorcycles, plus his strong background in sculpture and design gives him a broad background of experience to share with his students. He can often suggest creative approaches for getting a job done that you might not think of yourself. These classes are open to men and women who work in many different fields, including furniture design, sculpture, automotive and motorcycle building and modification, or any field that involves fabrication with metal sheet, plate, tubing, and bar.
You can shape metal to fit one of Ron’s many pre-made bucks, or work on projects he has made patterns for (such as Air Scoops, Tables, Gas Tanks, or Bomber Seats). Another approach is to focus on one or more tools (such as the English wheel, beading machine, or planishing hammer) and work through a set of projects which are progressively more challenging. Alternately, you can concentrate on processes such as layout and patterning, making bucks and hammerforms, welding, or metalfinishing. If you don’t know where to start, Ron can suggest projects appropriate to your interests and skill level. By arrangement, you may be able to bring a personal project (call ahead to discuss this).
All classes will be held at Ron’s shop in Freedom, California (80 miles south of San Francisco), and there is a hotel two doors down from the shop. You can register for one or both days, and the cost is $800 each day. If you are flying in, San Jose is the closest major airport (about 1 hour away, depending on traffic). There is a regional airport in Monterey, which is about 45-minutes away (again, depending on traffic).
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