About

About Contour Academy

We are a small family run business which has gained a global reputation for: making high quality sheet metal panels for the historic vehicle industry, training classic vehicle restorers and making high-end architectural pieces in sheet metal.

Iain Macleod learnt his craft of coachbuilding in 1953 and established Contour Autocraft in 1976 working in historic car body manufacture and repair.  He then specialized in restoring Jaguar XK bodyshells. Bruce Macleod joined his father in 1979, trained by Iain in traditional coachbuilding methods and gaining qualifications in joinery and tool making. We moved onto producing replica parts, developing the jigs and tooling to build complete new bodies for every model of Jaguar XK.

As the demand for Jaguar XK panels reduced we diversified into other markets – using our traditional skills as well as learning to use 3D Computer Aided Design and machining which enables us to meet the needs of Architects and designers. We have worked on a number of ‘high-end’ architectural projects. We pride ourselves on having a wide range of skills, and the high quality of fit and finish we produce.

In 2012 we were awarded a contract to build 630 copper petals for the 2012 London Olympic cauldrons. This led to other architectural work including a brass coffee bar at Doha airport and a range of brass reception furniture for a new office and apartment development in Paddington, London as well as sculptural pieces for the 2015 European games.

In 2016 we were approached to supply Quintessence yachts with stainless steel panels for the Aston Martin AM37 Powerboat, this continues for the foreseeable future as they establish production.

Since establishing Contour Academy in 1998 we have trained close to 1000 students from across the globe in traditional sheet metal work and in 2010 became accredited by EAL as a course provider enabling us to offer a Level 3 NVQ qualification.

Stage 1

Foundation Course

This course is an introduction to the principles of complex double-curvature sheet metalwork and will give you the confidence to tackle repair work and form and butt-weld double-curvature panels.

Stage 2

Construction Course

This course covers the principles and practise of designing, making and use of patterns, jigs and tooling for the manufacture and restoration of complex sheet metal panels.

Testimonial
Amazing course, I think I have found what I am on this planet for, thank you.
Simon Lewis
Excellent course, great instruction from real professionals – thank you.
Denis Mckee
It's the best course I have done so far.
Soren Jansson