Bronze Casting Workshop for Adults

November 25, 2022 9:00 am

Learn bronze casting techniques to make your own hardware, such as oarlocks and cleats. This two-day program teaches the basics of bronze casting. We’ll begin by making small basswood cleats to be sand cast. We’ll explore the language of pattern making, undercuts, sand preparation and venting before pouring britannia metal into our sand casts to learn the forms and practice. Techniques reviewed will include: pattern-making, sand-casting, pouring Britannia metal and bronze, patina and finishing. All tools and materials will be provided.

This workshop is for Adults 21+ and is limited to 10 participants.

Tuition: $350 + materials.


Material fee: $95 per participant. (This includes the casting sand, parting talc, crucibles, britannia metal, bronze, patina chemicals and consumables.)

Dates: Friday 11/25/22 and Saturday 11/26/22, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Doug Borkman is excited to bring his popular bronze casting workshop to the Herreshoff Museum. Doug is a sculptor/designer and teaches wood and metal shop practice, casting and welding for the Rhode Island School of Design Sculpture programs for 30 years. He has previously taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the Apprenticeshop, Nantucket Historical Society, and for the Bridge in Shanghai, China. He has worked on many design and sculpture projects, including for the Boston Red Sox, Fidelity investments and many private collections. Doug is also an avid sailor and actively tries to keep his art practice connected to history and sailing. Learn more at

Contact Education Director Kirk Cusic to register for this fun and informative workshop., or at 401-396-5834.