This workshop is an overview of the whole system. Fold forming is a new, rapid, easily learned way of shaping sheet metal with hand tools. It is a compositional system of metal forming that emphasizes forming using the metal's characteristics. Rather than forcing form upon the material, forms are derived from the natural plasticity, ductility, and elasticity of the metal. An original invention, it is internationally recognized as a new approach to working metal. Developed steadily since 1980, many schools teach it and thousands of people use the methods. Shaping is extremely efficient and fast (many radical changes in cross section and surface can be made in 3-5 minutes). Tools are simple; fingers, hands, hammers, mallets, anvils, and rolling mills. Complex high relief forms are produced from single sheets of metal often with a single annealing. These shapes resemble chased, constructed, and soldered forms. The techniques work with all metals and are applicable for jewelery, holloware, sculpture, enameling, anodizing, etc.
Charles Lewton-Brain learned and worked in Germany, Canada, and the United States. His work is concerned with nature and structure. His jewelry and research into compositional systems for metal working has been published internationally. He invented and disseminated foldforming, a system of working sheet metal new to the field. He received Canada’s highest honor for Craft, The Saidye Bronfman Governor Generals Award. Charles co-founded the Ganoksin.com Project with Dr. Hanuman Aspler in 1996, now the worlds largest educational website for jewelers. He has over 1000 pages of his writing there.