Students will make and finish two beautiful bowls of different sizes from flat sheets of 16-gauge bronze and a handful of copper pennies. In this fun, eye-opening class students will learn the basics of a versatile, powerful tool: the shop press. Imagine if you could take the weight of a dozen cars, concentrated safely into the palm of your hand, then carefully apply that amount of pressure onto a piece of metal or wood – in essence, that’s a shop press. The inexpensive shop press has been crossing the street from grimy mechanic shops and showing up (all reformed & freshly outfitted) in craft studios of all sorts. As students make several bowls, they will learn other key metalworking hand-techniques related and unrelated to the shop press. By the end of the class, metal will start looking more workable: fluid, bendable and stretchable. Metal is the new playdough!