Metal Shaping Workshops

The Tin Man’s Garage’s Design & Coach Building Shop offers an Innovative Metal Shaping Workshop. These Detailed Design and Build Classes have Helped Hobbyist as well as Professional Restoration & Hot Rod Builders from Across America and Around the World become More Efficient Fabricators & Metal Shapers. Our Sheet Metal Shaping Classes Teach Theory, Pattern Making, Flanging Edges, Planishing Hammer, Pullmax & Building Bucks.




English Wheel

Planishing Hammers

Chicago Pneumatic

Power Hammers

Yoder Hammer
Pettingell Hammer
Quick Work Hammer

Our Metal Shaping Classes Curriculum for these Seminars has been Developed and Dialed in over the Years and is Engineered for Everyone’s Skill Set. If you have Never Picked up a Body Hammer or have Never Welded there is No Reason to Feel Intimidated. If you have Years of Experience and Just want a Better Understanding to Help Connect the Dots with some Advanced Theory of Shaping Processes there is No need to Worry that you May have Too Much Experience. There is Literally Something Valuable for Everyone! Our Metal Course is Designed to Help the “Do It Yourselfer” Fabricate and Install Patch Panels, Fix Rust Repairs and Help with the Restoration of Your Classic Car or Build A Custom Hot Rod. These Classes May even Help You Custom Build a Car Body From Scratch.

Day 1- Basic Hand Tools, Machinery Pros & Cons Including but Not Limited to Pullmaxes vs. Bead Rollers, English Wheels vs. Planishing Hammers, Shrinking Methods that Work, Power Hammer, ERCO Flanger, Caulking Tools and Much Much More! Understanding the Basic Principles will Help You with More Complicated Shaping Projects Creating a Road Map of How and Why to make a Panel in a Specific Order. The Principles that One will Learn about to make Their Panels Fit Better and Weld Up Nicer are; Learning How to Read Radii and Panel Sweeps during Layout & Shaping, How to Identify the Three Different Shapes and How to Identify Them, the Ins & Outs of Paper Patterning and How to Understand this “Topograph” with Detailed Layout Techniques, Determining Shrink Areas as well as Transferring that Information onto Your Blank. Learn Tips & Techniques for Controlling Weld Shrinkage as well as Pre-stretching Bead Details; Why, When & How! One of the Largest Items on our List of Items we cover is the Difference Between Shape & Form and Why one Needs to be Completed Before the Other and How to Determine that Based on the Shape. Learn How Form Effects the Shape and Understanding how Altering it will Help You Shape Panels More Accurately and Easier taking the Guess Work Out of the Process Giving You Truer Finishes. TIG Welding Hammer Welding Demonstration taking Everyone through our Standardized Welding Process and How we Metal Finish our Welds for an Invisible Butt Weld Seam After Sanding.

Day 2-Shape & Fabricate Body Panels which can be Taken Home by Our Participants after the Weekend. Everyone will Use 3 Different Makes & Models of Planishing Hammers, 3 Different Sized Pullmaxes, Power Hammer, ERCO Flanger & Different Kick Shrinkers when Working in the Shop. Learn How to Make a Low Crown, Reverse Curve  and High Crown with Thumbnail Shrinking Dies, Pre-stretching Bead Details, Using Caulking Tools & Much Much More?

TMG’s Hands on Workshops have Helped many Hobbyist and Professional Builders from Across the Country and Around the Globe become more Efficient Fabricators and Metal Shapers. Our Two Day Workshops spend time Covering In-depth Theory along with Machine Usage as Well As Hand Tool Techniques to Help Individuals Gain the Understanding of Basic Principles then Apply them to Larger Scale Projects. Please Reserve your Spot Promptly; We Schedule a Limited Number of Classes Per Year. Call to Find Out More About Our Metal Shaping School For Cars & Motorcycles; 815-991-5308

Two Full Days of Hands on Personal Instruction
Projects are Made with 19 Gauge Cold Rolled Steel
We Supply All Materials & Tools

Completed Panels are for Students to Take Home
Meals Included
Photographs Allowed

  • Theory

    Distinguish Shape & Form, Reading Radii, Etc.

  • Buck Building

    Identify Purpose & Design Aiding Accuracy.

  • Planishing Hammer

    Find out How to Choose & Utilize the Correct Dies.

  • Pattern Making

    Gain Understanding Determining Shrink & Stretch Areas Creating a “Road Map”.

  • Flanging Edges

    Recognize Traditional Hand Tool Techniques & Machine Methods.

  • Pullmax

    Observe How to Design & Make Your Own Custom Tools as well as Machine Tooling.


$600.00 per day for two days ($1,200.00 total for Saturday and Sunday). Our days begin at 8:00 A.M. and end at approximately 6:30 P.M. on Saturday and 5:00 P.M. on Sunday. Saturday night we stay later for a hammer welding demonstration and Q&A.

Reservations & Payment

We collect interested participants’ contact information and schedule workshops around our production shops vehicles and show schedule. A deposit of half down is required after determining the dates of your enrollment. This can be paid by PayPal(3% Convenience Fee), Credit Card(3% Convenience Fee) or Mailing a Check(No Fee). The balance of your payment is due the morning before class is started. Final payment can be made by company check, cash or PayPal(3% Convenience Fee).

• Please Call us at 815-991-5308 for Additional Questions & Scheduling.