A small group learned how to work with sheet metal in a Common Ground class this week.
The rhythmic sound of chisels and other tools digging into metal filled the air.
It mixed with sounds of sawing through metal sheets, mostly brass and copper. A blowtorch and soldering tools brought a burning smell that filled the room.
The small group in the art studio on McDaniel College's campus spent Wednesday working on sheet metal pieces as a part of a weeklong class in Common Ground on the Hill. Common Ground is a two-week series of classes focusing on arts, music and culture held annually at McDaniel.
Sue Sachs, of New Jersey, said this week is her first time teaching a class at Common Ground, though she's taught this type of metal-working elsewhere before.
The class teaches students how to work with sheet metal primarily using the repousse technique, she said. This technique is when a person uses chisel-type instruments and a hammer of sorts to punch divots into the metal to create designs and patterns in the material, she explained.