1. Making some simple copper/textured bronze objects    

                                2. Basic techniques for melting the brazing rods onto copper with a torch  

 3. Essential safety rules and practices                             

                   4. Beginner, intermediate and advanced classes are planned          

Classes and workshops have been offered at the

Tryon Arts and Crafts School in Tryon, NC since September, 2019.


Workshops for beginning students will be on 3rd Friday afternoons from 1 pm to 5 pm

 and Saturday 9 am to 1 pm in February, March, June, August and November of 2022.

These workshops will also be suitable for intermediate and advanced students


For intermediate and advanced students, weekly classes for of 6 week duration will be on

Monday afternoons from 1 pm to 5 pm on April 4 - May 9, June 27 - August 1

and September 19 - October 24.

Appropriate safety measures for Covid19 will be taken.

  All of the work involves using a hand held torch to melt the metal so

students must be able to do this safely.

For more information on classes and registration contact the School at


    Instructor - Joe Cooper 

Joe began making art and craft using copper and textured bronze in 1983 under the guidance of master copper artist Lee Robertson.

 Since then he has completed many commissions for custom copper and textured bronze lighting fixtures for

special hospitality and residential projects all over the country.

After graduating from Georgia Institute of Technology in Industrial Engineering he also took graduate courses in

Anthropology at Tulane University with an emphasis on the art and artifacts of different cultures.

Joe worked in commercial welding and as a certified pipe welder on many industrial projects before focusing on metal art and craft.

He is included in the Georgia Tech Living History Program and is a member of the

American Craft Council and the Southern Highlands Craft Guild.

He currently works for The Heirloom Companies on custom copper and textured bronze lighting fixtures.

     Joe enjoys learning and teaching people who like to weld.

In Person
Contact Joe Cooper at
to arrange in person instruction.

   Online Courses

Plans are in process for online lessons in the latter part of 2022.