Below is the American College of the Building Arts Maymester schedule which includes classes in iron forging, carpentry, stone carving, and drafting.
Classes are open to the public! Any questions? Call Kerri Forrest, Director of Institutional Advancement, at 843-577-5245.
May 7 – May 25, 2012
Introduction to Carpentry --- Project: Small Federal Style Side Table
This course focuses on woodworking skills: from the use of hand tools, such as chisels and planes, to basic power tools. The course will cover both dovetail and mortise and tenon joints. Each student will use the knowledge and skills developed during the course to build a small Federal style side table with drawer. There will be brief discussions on wood science, proportion, and finishing along with inlaying (time allowing). Some basic hand tools are required. There will be a material cost of $150.00. This course is taught by Ken Nuttle, a professional woodworker for over thirty years who has worked for Colonial Williamsburg as a historic cabinetmaker and joiner.
Introduction to Architectural Stone Carving --- Project: Floral Design Carved Panel
The stone trade has evolved from simple dry stone walling to intricately detailed carving on cathedrals and monuments throughout the world. The artisans who work stone still use the same methods and tools developed over centuries, although modern techniques and tools have made the process easier. Students will learn to use traditional hand tools to cut stone and carve straight and flat details. There will be a material cost of $100.00. Master stone carver Simeon Warren will teach design, layout, and template work, allowing the student to create a completed 12” by 12” carved stone panel.
Introduction to Forged Ironwork---Project: Iron Spoon
Through a series of challenging exercises, most centered on the forge itself, students will develop a good sense for the tradition of forged ironwork. By examining historic pieces, students will learn to identify skillfully executed work and will be able to identify best practices in welding and shaping. Richard Guthrie, a journeyman blacksmith from Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, teaches the course to include lots of hands-on practice at acquiring basic hammer and anvil skills. Students will learn to manipulate fire and iron to come away with a hand- forged iron spoon.
Architectural Drawing and Drafting
This course is designed to help students develop the fundamental skills needed to communicate using two and three dimensional drafting and freehand drawing. These skills will be used extensively in the Building Arts major to express design concepts to clients or colleagues in the building community. Subjects covered include methods and methodology of proportion, orthographic construction, linear sketching, life drawing, and perspective. Professor of Architecture and Design William Bates will be teaching these skills.
Courses are 3 Credit Hours
Course Cost: $1,950.00 ($250.00 Reservation Deposit required at Registration)
Each class will meet Monday – Friday, 8:30a.m.-12:30p.m.
Supply Requirements: Trade courses require steel toe work shoes, safety glasses, and ear plugs.
Drawing & Drafting course: List of tools will be provided at the time of registration.
Registration is March 14 –April 20, 2012
Online at www.buildingartscollege.us/maymester
By phone 843-577-5245 or
In person at the Registrar’s Office (21 Magazine St.)
Posted: February 26, 2012
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