Metalwork in Grade 8
Although metalwork is more traditionally part of Waldorf High School, schools without a high school often give students an experience of metalwork in 8th grade if they have time.
This year class 8 has been introduced to metal working, specifically, copper.
We began the year with a small 10 inch square of copper. We cut the corners off with a hack saw to get an octagonal shape. Each day the students anneal (heat) the copper using a plumber’s torch. Once they have heated and quenched the metal they make their way to the stump.
Using a concave carved out section of the stump they slowly hammer the copper into the shape of a bowl. In addition to creating a bowl, they are also getting a chance to work with wire to createjewelry!