The Studio is situated in the Madawaska River Valley of Renfrew County, in the town of Springtown, between Burnstown and Calabogie. The studio was purpose-built, is 1600 square feet, and has 12-foot ceilings. A wall of windows facing south take advantage of passive solar heating with overhangs that protect the building from the summer sun. There are individual workstations and ample room to spread out and use the equipment. I take pride in my studio tools and equipment. It is a beautiful creative space to work. It is my aim to make your time a productive learning experience. Ample accommodations are available in the area, along with restaurants in Burnstown and Calabogie. Please contact me and I can advise. Also, I can arrange pick up and drop off from both Ottawa airport and train station along with transport to the local B and B. My goal setting up a studio was to continue to teach metal forming personally, as well as bring in accomplished instructors with specialized skills to teach limited enrollment intensive classes. All classes will be hands-on, so come expecting to have tools in your hand. I believe that you learn best by doing. There is an extensive reference library of reference materials. All equipment is provided, but feel free to bring your own favourite tools.
I am looking forward to working with you in the studio. David
A new immigrant to the Ottawa Valley, I ran a restoration and fabrication company for 40 years creating, reproducing and restoring light fixtures. I set up everything from the foundry to the finishing shop. The last 10 years of my working career I also taught Metal Forming in the Jewellery Program of Community Colleges. I enjoy teaching immensely. The opportunity to share knowledge and pass on techniques that may soon be forgotten, gives me great pleasure.
I have won numerous awards for my work, displayed internationally, and have pieces in public and personal collections.
A note on the workshops: First for Clarity
The workshops are master classes for serious students wanting to dedicate their time to in-depth learning of the skill presented.
Week long workshops are intensive classes in advanced areas of study, 6 students, 40 hours of studio instruction, 1 instructor, 1 technician with open studio hours 7am-11pm. This allows as much time as a college course. Classes run from 9 to 5, with a break for lunch. Those who want to learn have an excellent opportunity to work with other interested creative people in an energy charged atmosphere, in a space set up for the task, with the equipment to make your time as productive as possible. I have an extensive library for reference and lunch is provided.