Thank you for registering for engine turning at Memoria Technica! You will receive an email containing the below instructions and directions to the workshop before your class.
In the meantime, here are a few things to help you prepare and be sure to get in touch if you have any questions. If you’re traveling in from out of town or need more information on how to get to the workshop please click HERE.
Classes are held over two days from 9am – 5pm with a lunch break.
Each beginner’s and intermediate class includes five 1 3/8″ (brass beginner’s or combination of nickel silver and brass for intermediate) practice discs with your materials fee. All other materials are pay as you go. If you have any special material requests please let us know beforehand so we can accommodate your interests. We have pen kits available in brass, and have nickel silver, brass, fine silver, copper, and sterling silver round blanks in a few sizes. We have brass ring blanks for more advanced projects and can order precious metal ring blanks in specific sizes. If you finish your project you can buy more materials during the class. Local sales tax applies.
*If you’ve enrolled in a special class, materials are laid out in the class description.
Class will start at 9am. There will be coffee, tea, & pastries provided. Lunch is not provided, so bring a sack lunch or dine out at near by establishments. There’s a coffee shop and grocery just across the street and some wonderful local restaurants. You will also have use of the small kitchen building on site if you need to use the fridge or heat up your lunch. No open food containers or beverages are allowed in the workshop area.
Covid Safety Regulations:
Classes are limited to 4 people and require proof of vaccination.
I ask, but do not require students to have a negative Covid test result within 72 hours of the class.
Three HEPA filter air purifiers will be going in the space during class hours.
Guests must use hand sanitizer before using the machines.
Masks are required and folks from separate households must stay distanced during the class.
Your temperature will be taken upon arrival.
Workshop Safety Requirements & Attire:
Wear appropriate clothing – clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or bring a lab coat to wear over your normal clothes.
• No loose or baggy clothing
• Closed toe shoes
• No loose hair – hair must be securely tied back if long
• Safety glasses (you can find these at any hardware store – I do have a couple of spares on hand)
Recommended Reading & Preparation:
Required reading: George Daniels “Watchmaking” – Engine Turned Cases & Dials, pages 371- 404. You can buy it for about $50 on Amazon here.
I highly recommend reading through Calina Shevlin’s recent book on Engine Turning. It’s available for about $30 on Amazon here.
Please watch Roger Smith’s 5 part series on Engine Turning: