Registration is open for the 2015 Rio Grande Winter Workshop Series! Start the new year right by immersing yourself in an array of new and returning classes that cover everything from keum-boo to metal forming to fabrication to laser and pulse arc welding. Make a day or two of it, or plan to take a whole week! The classes, demonstrations, and tours lined up for the week of Winter Workshop give you lots from which to choose. Gain a new skill—or hone a skill you’ve already got. Make plans now, and reserve your seat early!
Here is a snapshot of the classes available during your week at Rio:
Learn stone-setting from a master who is known and respected throughout the industry; Blaine Lewis will teach two separate classes (Bezel and Flush Setting and Prong and Bead Setting) on setting a variety of stone shapes in a variety of setting styles. See and use his innovative new TrendSetter wheels that allow you to get more out of every minute of practice time.
Join two experts, Tim Sheriff of Swanstrom Tools and Lauren Tobey of Meltdown Studios, in the Double Down on Swanstrom Tools class. This is a self-guided class where you can choose your own projects from nearly a dozen offered and create them using the Swanstrom specialty forming pliers or the Swanstrom disc cutters (all five shapes!).
Get into wax carving, by hand or on a lathe in two classes taught by renowned wax carver Kate Wolf, owner of Wax Tools. Her classes, Wax Freehand Lathe Turning and Wax Carving Figurative Pieces will offer new depths to your skills in shaping and carving wax models.
Like to try new decorative techniques? There are classes on Enameling Cabochons, Cloisonne Enameling and Enameling on Fold Forms—all taught by master enamelist Ricky Frank. Discover how easy and affordable it is to integrate gold into your designs with beautiful results in Keum Boo Basics with Joe Korth. Get with Jayne Redman to learn how you can create blanking dies and cut precise, duplicate shapes from sheet to make matching components in her Making Multiples class.
If you love to push metal around, take Beginning Hydraulic Forming or Intermediate Hydraulic Forming, both taught by Peter Gilroy. Or, use more traditional techniques to do your pushing in Bill Fretz‘s class on Metal Forming with Miniature Stakes.
Interested in pulse arc welding? Or laser welding? This is your year! Choose between PUK or Orion and take a class that features pulse arc welding with one or the other of these brand-name arc welders. In addition to our own expert, Sessin Durgham, each manufacturer is sending a representative to co-teach these classes—talk about added value! Or, if you’re more excited at the idea of using lasers, join our own laser welding maestro, Phil Scott, for the Laser Welding Made Simple class and use a Neutec® PulsePoint® laser welding machine!
And, to put a brilliant finish on your work, check out Surfaces 1: Textures, Treatments, Techniques with John Sartin.
Remember that, before and after classes, during lunch breaks and in any free time you have, you can take advantage of the many free, expert demonstrations taking place throughout the day. And sign up for a tour of the Rio Grande facility and see where it all happens every time you place an order; meet the people who make it their business to get you the products, know-how, and support you need to help make your business succeed and grow.
Find details about the classes, the demos, the tours, and more at the Rio Grande Winter Workshop website. Make your plans early and register now—classes fill up fast!—to give yourself a restorative jump-start on your creativity for 2015!