Copper Weathervanes

June 18 - June 22, 2021

Copper Weathervanes


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $615
Material Fee: $200

Design and create your own weathervane out of copper. You will learn chasing and repoussé skills to form copper into a custom wooden die that you will design and make yourself. You will also learn how to make the chasing tools you will use for your project. There will be an option to make a free-standing base to display your weathervane at eye level in your home or make a mount to install it on top of a roof. Welding of the steel for the bases to support the weathervanes will be covered.

Level: Advanced Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Jim Masterson

Jim Masterson received his Masters in Metal from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1994. He is currently the Shop Foreman and Lead Designer for the Blacksmith Shop at the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis Tennessee. The Blacksmith shop works on everything from private commission work, to public art to restoration and repair work. Jim has been working full time for the Metal Museum for 18 years.