Metal Shaping Workshops

The Tin Man’s Garage’s Design and Coach Building Shop offers an innovative Metal Shaping Workshop. These detailed design and build classes have helped hobbyist and professional Restoration and Hot Rod Builders from across America and around the world become more efficient fabricators and metal shapers. Our Sheet Metal Shaping Classes teach theory along with machine usage, focusing on these machines:




English Wheel

Planishing Hammers

Chicago Pneumatic

Power Hammers

Yoder Hammer
Pettingell Hammer
Quick Work Hammer

The Tin Man’s Garage Metal Shaping Classes also show samples and discuss How To Build a Buck. Our Metal Course is designed to help the “Do It Yourselfer” Fabricate and Install Patch Panels, Fix Rust Repair and help in the Restoration of Your Classic Car or Build A Custom Hot Rod or Custom From Scratch. Call to find out more about our Metal Shaping School For Cars.

Craftsmen – combined with many specialized machines – enable your car to stand out in a crowd. Whether you need an Aluminum Bodied Roadster Built From Scratch, Fenders From Scratch, Rust Repair, Patch Panel Fabrication or a Seamless ’32 Ford Body Repair/ Restoration we can hammer it out.

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 teach theory along with machine usage 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.

Two full days of hands on personal instruction
Projects are made with 19 gauge cold rolled steel
We supply all materials and tools

Completed panels are for students to take home
Meals included
By Appointment Only

  • Theory

    Distinguish shape and form, reading radii, etc.

  • Buck Building

    Identify purpose and design aiding accuracy.

  • Air Hammering

    Find out how to choose and use the correct dies.

  • Pattern Making

    Gain understanding determining shrink and stretch areas creating a “road map”.

  • Flanging Edges

    Recognize traditional hand tool techniques and machine methods.

  • Pullmax

    Observe how to design and machine your own custom dies.


$400.00 per day for two days ($800.00 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.

~By Appointment Only

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 personal check. The balance of your payment is due the morning before class is started. Payment can be made by money order or cash only.

• Please call us at 815-991-5308 for details.