A student tries out the new belt sander

This week, Bob Trout and John Rausch co-taught the ever popular “Hammered Copper in the Arts and Crafts Tradition.” The class produced beautiful Roycroft-style strap candlesticks, sconces, mirror frames, light switch plates, and more. The instructors, Bob and John, always give 100% to their students- coming in early, staying late, and conveying their knowledge of a very specific area of metalwork. But this week, they gave even more. They both donated this week’s paychecks to go towards the purchase of the studio’s new belt sander.

This piece of equipment, from Stephen Bader & Co. in New York, is specifically for knife makers, but is versatile enough for many classes taught in the Jewelry & Metals Studio. This week’s students were the first to break in the new belt sander, which Bob Trout arranged to be delivered to the school in time for this class. Many thanks to Bob Trout and John Rausch for their generosity!

Giving shape to a cylindrical copper vessel

Some finished pieces

Bob Trout helping a student with a design