Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Welding Workshop with artists Jodie Ditchburn & Tania Spencer


Dates : 2 Weekend Workshops to be held  3rd/4th August  and  10th/11th August

Time: 9.00 - 4.00pm with an hour for lunch each day

Location: TBC

Cost: $60 per person for a 2 Day workshop

Limit of 10 people.

Pease bring your lunch and a water bottle each day

To book in please contact:  Ainsley Foulds 0427 383 078.


Come and learn how to weld scrap metals and old farm implements together to make a sculpture for your front gate for the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council on our Farm Gate Art Project alongside Artists Jodie Ditchburn & Tania Spencer this year. Learn techniques and skills that teach you:


  • how to identify and prepare metals to weld,
  • basic stick welding & grinding welds clean,
  • plasma cutting
  • spot welding
  • working with wire
  • designing in metal


Please bring lots of enthusiasm and some bits of metal you want to weld. It’s ok if you don’t have a solid idea of what you want to make yet, just bring some bits and we will help you with ideas on the day. The main thing is learning how to weld and being confident with that, so you are able to go home and then make what you want.




There are essential prerequisites to this workshop.


  • You must wear covered in shoes
  • You must wear close fitting long sleeves and long pants (preferably cotton or wool content).
  • You should be reasonably familiar with basic power tools, e.g. drill, angle grinder etc because we will also be using these tools
  • Please bring an auto darkening welding helmet and welding gloves.
  • Please bring a small 5 inch angle grinder if you have one and a couple of grinding discs


Liability disclaimer

You must accept full insurance responsibility for your own safety while attending this workshop due to the danger aspects of using these tools. All liability resides and remains with you as a participant. You will need to sign a waiver attesting to this.



 Materials You Need to Bring:


Foraging for pieces you can use:

Go to your oldest farm tip where old machinery has been dumped and have a look for things in the list below.  Or have a look behind the shed (there is usually a pile there) for bits that could be useful. If you are making flowers think about things that you have multiple amounts that might be the same shape that can be used for petals, stamens and leaves like u-bolts, bolts, points.


Have a good time foraging for interesting pieces that inspire you!



Plough discs

Crop lifters (off header combs)

Bits of different size pipe

Car panels or coloured metal



Chains from headers

odd chain links


Old tools –eg spanners, screwdrivers, pliers

Bolts & U-Bolts

Thin rod – eg spokes


Old Corrugated iron

Pressed tin

Wire mesh like old header separators









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